Teilhard de Chardin believed that thinking is essential to evolution. How we think is how we evolve because thinking is the act of the mind creating new unities and new horizons of insight.
To think is to unify, to make wholes where there are scattered fragments; not merely to register it but to confer upon it a form of unity it would otherwise be without.
– PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
As you engage with the Omega Center we encourage you to read and apply Ilia Delio’s instruction: READING FOR AN EVOLUTIONARY AGE: OMEGA LECTIO DIVINA.
by ILIA DELIO, OSF
I find myself these days frantically holding together the multiple pieces of life, from teaching to traveling and outside lecturing, from the Omega Center to community and the many emails that constantly enter to invade my extended cyber world. Last week I traveled ten thousand miles, from Philadelphia to Winnipeg CA through Toronto, back to Philadelphia to teach in the evening from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. then on a plane to the University of Portland, back to DC to spend a weekend entertaining a Franciscan Sister from Chicago, and then back to Villanova to teach my evening classes. Needless to say I found myself exhausted this week from the endless demands I have allowed to claim my life.
by MATTHEW WRIGHT
The religious landscape is shifting—no one will argue with that. People are leaving traditional religious frameworks in droves, while the number of those identifying as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) is on the rise. While some of the religious faithful decry this shift as inherently negative, I believe there’s a framing in which we can see it not only as a hopeful sign for the human family, but for our religious traditions as well.
by EDWIN E. OLSON PHD
How we perceive and make meaning about reality determines how we think about how love can heal a fractured universe.If we have only one way of knowing about love we are “onesided” as Carl Jung described and we contribute to the fracturing of our world. To fully understand the potential and power of love to connect our diverse parts in a Whole we need to understand love from multiple perspectives that together get us closer to reality and wisdom in the Universe.
by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
“I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known. And so I created the world, both visible and invisible.” This famous saying from the Hadith Qudsi, the extra-koranic sayings of Islam, speaks to the question of why God would want to bring creation into existence in the first place. Astonishingly, the reason given is not for majesty or dominion, but for intimacy, the yearning for self-disclosure, to know and be known. Seeded into the cosmos is that same primordial yearning, reverberating as a psychic harmonic of the big bang.
by ILIA DELIO, OSF
For the ancients, the study of nature was essential to knowing the real. We know not simply to navigate but to narrate our lives, to give reason for the hope which lies within us. The ancient psalmist captured the wonder of the cosmos when he wrote, “when I look at the heavens and the stars which You arranged, what are we that You keep us in mind?” We postmoderns, worn down by complex lives, financial insecurity, interpersonal conflicts, and the persistent threat of terrorism, often look to science and technology as our escape route: there is an implicit belief that science will save us from our own demise.
by KATHLEEN DUFFY, SSJ, PhD
According to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “Love is the most universal, formidable and mysterious of cosmic energies,” “the very blood stream of spiritual evolution” (Teilhard, Building the Earth, 45, 49). Its ultimate aim is the great work of union, a desire that pervades the entire cosmos. Those who fall in love participate in an adventure that began about 14 billion years ago.
by CHARLOTTE A. TOMAINO, PHD
Question: “How many Neuropsychologists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: “Only one, but the light bulb has got to want to change.”There in lies the essence of our challenge.
by ILIA DELIO, OSF
The world is showing itself to be a very fragile place. Just yesterday a terrorist attack in Istanbul claimed the lives of innocent people; here in the United States we are still reeling from the violent slaughter of lives in Orlando, Florida...