In the paper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, site of the
Three Days of Darkness… er um… the 2010 "Catholic" "Education" Congress there is a wrap up of precious moments from their gatherings.
Here is a taste.
Sunday morning keynote speaker, Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Barbara Fiand, [once prohibited from teaching seminarians at the Athenaeum in Ohio, the head of her community signed the infamous sell-out letter] speaking on "Harnessing for God the Energies of Love," told how the writings of the late Jesuit mystic and scientist Teilhard de Chardin are being supported by recent scientific research in the fields of biology and astro physics showing the interconnectedness of all matter.
"We today are beginning to see the world in which we live not as dead matter, detached and indifferent to us, but as a highly complex, interconnected, living and conscious reality," she said. [My desk lamp is unimpressed.]
"Some extraordinary research has shown us that both plants and animals have much more sophisticated conscious life than we have ever given them credit for," said Sister Fiand, who noted that a study using lie detecting equipment hooked up to leaves shows that plants emotionally react to crisis situations, such as the destruction of an adjacent plant. [OH NO!! SAY IT AIN’T SO! Don’t eat plants! Or animals!]
"The quantum worldview that’s emerging in our time transcends the [dualistic] split between mind and matter and sees both as interconnected and rooted in the heart of creation…. [this] worldview is wholistic and the spirituality that grows out of this perspective speaks to the wholeness both within ourselves and the larger, global community of nations, cultures, religions, life and love."
Teilhard, she explained, said the cosmic energy that is in all things is love and that this love story in the universe has now reached a self-reflective awareness in humanity. The Jesuit described creation as looking at us and asking, "Will you love?" [?]
"We are called to be shepherds of this earth and of all the creatures that dwell there," said Sister Fiand. " [I wonder if the other apples were annoyed when that woman took the first bite. I bet the animals God slew to make garments of skins were annoyed.] …Knowing that everyone is interconnected with you – that I believe is harnessing for God the energies of love. And, with this kind of awakening within each one of us, [we will experience] once again the creativity and the energy that the discovery of fire brought to our ancestors long ago. We are children of light. Let us embrace it and live by its power."
I must ask my pet rock about all this.