Appreciated the info from both Ilia and Cynthia. I’m a fan of Cynthia’s, have read her books,and took a weekend with her at River’s Edge in Cleveland.
Sr. Geraldine Nowak,OSF
Wow! What a challenge Ilia and Cynthia present! It renews an excitement within me even though I know it will challenge many of my current ideas and understandings. What does the call of the Gospel “to love” mean in the context of seeing love as the physical structure of the universe? Francis and Clare taught us that we are brothers and sisters of all creation. I believeTeilhard will deepen our understanding of “connectedness” in the context of today’s science and theology. It could be a year of expanding knowledge, but certainly a year of on-going conversion.
Sr. Roberta Marie Doneth, OSF/T
Interior evolution, the growth of our spiritual life as we connect with God through His grace, is what spurs the world forward. Science points the way. But through this spiritual ascension of ourselves, we begin to grasp His love and through love we forgive. Forgiveness is the great balm. Slowly, we see others, ourselves and this still imperfect world as reaching toward God.
Theodora L. Wilson
In my own evolutionary journey the past few years, my heart has been touched by a deeper consciousness of what it means to be human and alive and moving toward an appreciation of my own participation in this ever evolving world. Each time I hear Ilia speak, I am energized to live a life of love more fully. So I accept her call in my own personal life, and rejoice in the opportunity to be connected to others willing to answer her challenge.
All disasters stem from us. Why is there war? Perhaps, because now and then, I might be inclined to snap at my neighbor. Because I and my neighbor and everyone else do not have enough love. Yet there is love bound up inside us, and if we could release it into the world, a little each day, we would be fighting war and everything that comes with it.”- Etty Hillesum
Yes, I believe that the energy of love and kindness or anger and hate moves throughout the world, far beyond the one who expresses it. Working at the UN, these past eight years, I have become incredibly hopeful of the power and wisdom that resides in the people that work here, and the progress that I am seeing. So then, I ask myself, ”Why is there still so much evil in our world, even towards those who are giving their lives to goodness?”
Because of the types of advocacy of which I am a part, I come face to face with the reality of evil on a daily basis. It can be overwhelming. Then I decided to begin my daily subway commute looking for ways to show love to people I don’t even know: a kind word, stepping aside for a harried passenger, complementing a mother or father on their child. As I like to pass my commute in reflection, I think about how that person that I “loved” will pass that good energy on to others – until it reaches the person who does not feel love, and does not experience much kindness. The health of the universe depends on each of us and it begins with me!
Sr. Mary Jo Toll, SND