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An interview with ILIA DELIO

For this bonus fifth Monday in October we’re offering something a little different in the form of an audio recording. In this interview Brie Stoner dialogues with Ilia Delio on the October topic explored on the Omega Center: What does it mean to say ‘God is Love’ in a world of violence and suffering?

As the conversation unfolds Brie and Ilia speak about the power of presence, embodiment, and imagination, and the importance of hope in the midst of current events and heightened friction in our world.



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Ilia Delio, OSF is the inspiration behind the Omega Center website. Please see our page dedicated to sharing Ilia’s background and expansive volume of work HERE.

Brie Stoner is a musician, writer, student and 2015 graduate of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. She is a contributor on numerous blogs and websites, and provides one of the essays in a new anthology dedicated to the work of Teilhard de Chardin and Beatrice Bruteau, edited by Ilia Delio OSF, and entitled Personal Transformation and a New Creation by Orbis Books. Brie currently serves as the content coordinator for The Omega Center and as a research assistant to Cynthia Bourgeault. She is enrolled in the Chicago Theological Seminary’s graduate program, and hopes to earn her M.A. continuing her studies on Teilhard de Chardin, whose work she regularly writes about on her own blog Becoming Ultra Human. Brie lives in Grand Rapids, MI., with her two sons, Søren (age six) and Rowan (age three).

What do you think?

We encourage you to share your takeaways and thoughts on this post. Please join the conversation and share your comments below.

Want to dig deeper on this topic? 

Check out our PRAXIS page for questions for reflection and suggested practices to help you further integrate this blog and this month’s theme.

Start an Omega discussion group

Ilia Delio offers her suggestions for gathering together in groups of two or more to reflect upon topics explored on this website. An outline for starting a discussion group, whether local and in-person or using a virtual format, can be found HERE.

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  1. I have been thinking about the words “flattening out”, “thinning out” as used with consciousness, the mind, interiority, and time in the audiotape of October 31 and a previous blog from Ilia. The words convey an image that is congruent with my experience of being present with a friend who is experiencing prolonged suffering and dying. It seems to me that her “thinning out” is movement toward a deeper consciousness, while my experiencing of this painful time is feeling drained and definitely thinned out. I found the conversation about personal agency and the power of the will very helpful and think it will help me to choose to continue to be present with more life, which is what I want.

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