Love is the only reality... Sri Aurobindo
"Active organizing for democracy is needed now more than ever. For this to succeed, both working and poor people -- who are the majority -- have to have to have a voice. DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) is one of those voices."
You cannot claim to worship Jesus in the Tabernacle, if you do not pity Jesus in the slums... It is folly -- it is madness -- to suppose that you can worship Jesus in the Sacraments and Jesus on the throne of glory, when you are sweating him in the souls and bodies of his children."
--Bishop Frank Weston at the 1923 Anglo-Catholic Conference
"Nature produced common property. Robbery made private property."
We are living in a time in which the "principalities and powers" (of which St. Paul wrote) are utilizing frenzied voices like those of Limbaugh, Rove, Beck, Hannity, and Palin, to divert attention from their ugly quest for ultimate control of the commons, of seeds, of capital and labor, of information distribution, of culture and education, and of polititians and of access to political power. Enormous amounts of money are poured into strategic efforts to control the mass mind and eliminate evidence of intelligent life on Planet Earth.
But the times also give evidence to the possibility of a resurgence of sacred activism -- an activism rooted in the deep realization that love is, fundamentally, the only reality and that our challenge as humans is to align our lives and institutions accordingly. Any honest reading of the world's holy books will reveal a politics and an economics of justice, equality, and liberation for all-- not just a very privileged few. This is the task of the 21st century: to manifest both personal and social liberation, with bread and roses for all. To live "a working class hero" and transform the world into the paradise of its possibilities -- is something to be...
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.