The Heart of Matter: Evolution Shows us That Change is Integral to New Life.

Welcome to our first The Heart of Matter, a new contemplative email series from the Center for Christogenesis. Every Tuesday you will receive an email with a passage from one of Ilia’s books to ponder. Our invitation to you will be to read those passages every day to give them time to reveal their deeper and hidden riches.

Too often we live in a dissociated state, where what happens in the head stays in the head, and The Heart of Matter will also attempt to bridge that separation by presenting different incarnational practices to “embody” those weekly readings, using our physical senses to experience the divine presence more directly in moving the text from the head to the body. Read more

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Tuesday, January 4th 2022

“The whole creation, with humanity as its growing tip, emerges from an evolutionary process, exists in evolution, and develops through convergence and complexity. Evolution shows us that change is integral to new life.”
—Ilia Delio, The Emergent Christ

An Incarnational Practice: Reading Aloud

“Silence is the think tank of the soul”, says acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. This week’s invitation is to use the sound of silence as a way to listen to this passage. Silence is not the absence of sound but the absence of noise, and we invite you to use your voice to read this passage aloud every day, listening to the pauses, the intonation, the cadence and hear where each word lands. Let your voice resonate in your heart and lift the words meant to touch and guide you.

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What is being revealed? What is being moved? What is being asked?

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31 Comments

  1. Bahri Della Penna on January 4, 2022 at 7:52 am

    This comment gives me hope, and more faith, not to mention understanding. Thank you.



  2. Evan Chasteen on January 4, 2022 at 9:05 am

    I’m looking forward to receiving The Heart of Matter weekly.

    Notes from my reflection:
    The thought that for something to be revealed something else needs to be moved has never occurred to me. I imagined a magician with a cloth over his hand revealing it empty at the turn, curtains swiftly moving to each side of the stage to reveal the show, and the veil being gently moved from a bride’s face.

    When something is revealed the response is almost as exciting as the revelation. I find myself watching the groom from time to time at weddings when the bride first appears at the end of the isle locked arms with the father.

    The ask seems to be immediate and unavoidable upon true revelation; together we are asked to take a breath, a prayer of sorts. An anticipatory gasp and response.
    [gasp] how’d you do that?
    [gasp] what comes next?
    [gasp] you look stunning.

    Maybe the ask is –
    Will you suspend your judgement?
    Will you revel in mystery?
    And, will you respond?

    In my own life –
    What is being revealed – A new path.

    What is being moved – An object of desire.

    What is being asked – Move forward.



  3. Frank Folz on January 4, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Thanks Ilia for leading this reflective exercise. Thanks for helping us see that the changes happening to humanity on our planet like the pandemic, racial oneness, global warming, the effects of colonialism, etc., are part of our transition into a new human reality. I like the image of homo sapiens being transfigured into homo Christus.



  4. Peter G Ulrich on January 4, 2022 at 9:56 am

    This reflection reminds us that God is encountered in the silence and not in the “busy-ness” of our day. It gives my hope to hear His call and to find direction in my life through Him. Thank you, Ilia!



  5. MARYANNE MULLER on January 4, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Is humanity the only growing tip?



  6. Damian Maureira on January 4, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Thank you Ilia! Looking forward to you’re weekly meditations. I’ve developed a new appreciation for the spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin through you’re spiritual writings! ?❤️?



  7. joy borum on January 4, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Thank you! I asked if I were unbalanced, emphasizing joy and not emphasizing, willing to experience suffering enough. I was told, “No, follow JOY.” Our solidarity is being revealed, my.our heart(s) are being moved, I/we are being asked to be Love, share Love, all together in the One.



  8. joy borum on January 4, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful. And stealing from Richard Rohr, something is being unveiled.



  9. Tamara Kittelson on January 4, 2022 at 11:42 am

    “Change is integral to new life” grabs my attention. It’s the big lesson in which I am immersed these days, having spent many years resisting, fearing change. I am slowly seeing it as hard, but also feeling.



  10. Gloria Ray Carpeneto on January 4, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    I am currently reading Beatrice Bruteau’s “God’s Ecstasy,” where she takes attraction, conversion, complexity and evolution to the molecular level. Evolution is the invitation we receive to “be, in every possible way.” Breathtaking, when you think of it.

    Thanka so much for this weekly email; what a nice way to start a new year!



  11. Susan Harman on January 4, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    I am so looking forward to this opportunity, the timing is perfect. I recently viewed two different NOVA episodes, one about Black Holes. Usually those shows leave me just plain inspired…this time, something like fear crept in. I AM SO TINY….an expanding universe SO BIG. I wondered about my ‘place’ in such a world. I can agree that evolution shows us that change is integral to new life…and can be wonderful, too! But there is also the unwanted change, the kind that tips us upside down for a while…until we are ‘righted’ and comfortable with the newness. (I experienced this with the recent loss of my Mother.)

    The NOVA shows both drew me in with the amazing images of the far reaches of space and recent discoveries about the Big Bang; they also humbled me and brought to mind that truly it is love that casts out fear and I have known that Big Love. If the Universe is always expanding, maybe I can too!



  12. Myrt Rollins on January 4, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    We are becoming One with the Christ! One in all of life, One in Love! It will go on!



  13. Ethel Hornbeck on January 4, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    “The whole…emerges” This also reminded me immediately of Octavia Butler: “All that you touch
    You Change/All that you Change/Changes you/The only lasting truth/is Change/God/is Change.”



  14. Juan Valentín Fernández de la Gala on January 4, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Creation? Evolution?
    Perhaps a creative evolution in which things converge in relationships of increasing complexity.
    Our knowledge of God is equally evolutionary and creative and is a constant invitation to enter into a complex affective and cognitive relationship with matter and beings.



  15. Judith on January 4, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    I am grateful for these invitations to listen into our own sacredness….to what am I attuning…what is my heart’s call…what is emerging…



  16. Gail Lambers on January 4, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Little me… I am important enough to be part of this ongoing evolution of the world, of the cosmos, of all life. How expansive, how deep, how constantly creative! I feel blessed to join this ever-changing group of people in hope and ever increasing in love, which in Christ and on our God knows no boundries.



  17. Karen Ritter on January 4, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    We are interconnected with and support by all of creation in our evolving process toward new life each day. This interconnection creates hope, reduces anxieties in moving toward the unknown and encourages my creative self.



  18. Darryl Nelson on January 4, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    What is being revealed is our obligation to our fellow humans and to the planet, to take whatever action we might be capable of, to make this world a better place.



  19. Darryl Nelson on January 4, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    What is being revealed is our obligation to the planet and all planetary beings, to take whatever action we are capable of, to make this world a better place.



  20. Tom Fallon on January 5, 2022 at 12:43 am

    My question also and at this point are we the tip or the anchor or even worse.



  21. Juan Valentín Fernández de la Gala on January 5, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for sharing, Gail



  22. Joe Masterleo on January 5, 2022 at 7:15 am

    All ends pass through origins, meaning things evolve (ripen or mature) in the space-time field, appearing as hardware or material and psychic reality. At a certain point on their trajectory, the energy turns back toward origins again, converging or converting back to the software (Spirit) from whence it came. Because Alpha and Omega are the same place, personal and collective history are not linear but circuitous. En route, their energy in the form of souls are allowed to wander in the wilderness of space-time for a season before returning once over, say, as salmon return to their river beds of origin, or raindrops the ocean, becoming one with it again. The return is a beginning, the beginning a return.



  23. Evan Chasteen on January 5, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Sometimes I hold an invisible sphere with my hands and move them closer together and further away over and over again as a reminder that this is what’s happening. I like the way you described this.



  24. jferro7067 on January 6, 2022 at 8:42 am

    All in existence and life have evolved. The mistake us humans make is that we think that we are special and more important than the rest of the world around us.



  25. Gloria Ray Carpeneto on January 6, 2022 at 11:21 am

    When you do that, you can actually feel the energy fields touching. What a great idea for this meditation.



  26. Martha Byron on January 7, 2022 at 11:13 am

    When I listen in the silence of my heart I cut through the noise of obsessive thinking and new information becomes available to me…



  27. Mary Chalifour on January 8, 2022 at 8:28 am

    This reflections leads me to reflect on quotes from Ilia’s THE UNBEARABLE WHOLENESS OF BEING. “The Creator is continuing to create in and through us.” page 196/’ and ” Hope must be born over and over again for where there is love there is hope.Christian life is birthing love into greater unity; it is our contribution to a universe in evolution.’ page 198. my question is what does this mean for me in my life, today and at this very moment.



  28. Karen Arthurs on January 9, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Listening to my own voice reading aloud, brought an altered resonance to the words.
    .



  29. Linda Lavery on January 9, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Evolution shows us that change is integral to new life.”
    —Ilia Delio, The Emergent Christ
    These words ground me in the wild hope that the messiness, confusion, and division that we are experiencing should not fill us with fear and anxiety but ground us in the mystery of God pulling us and transforming us to something ever new. Our society is waking up to the heart of matter.



  30. Jenny Murphy on January 10, 2022 at 9:28 am

    I feel a hopeful movement continually bringing forth a new way of life. One can not have a growing tip if what it comes from is not acknowledged and treasured as essential. Our relationship by which we are connected is vital.



  31. Tom McGuire on January 11, 2022 at 10:46 am

    suffering, all of creation, compassion



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