The Heart of Matter – Spirit incarnating matter is energy for a new future.

by | Jan 18, 2022 | The Heart of Matter | 16 comments

Welcome to The Heart of Matter, a new contemplative email series from the Center for Christogenesis. Our invitation to you is to read those passages every day to give them time to expand in your heart and to use an incarnational practice to deepen their understanding. Eventually you will have at your disposal a whole array of practices that you can use in your own lives to read, to move, to be. Read more>


Tuesday, January 18th 2022

To be engaged in the mystery of Christ is to be caught up in the Spirit of new life, creativity, imagination and openness to the future. Spirit incarnating matter is energy for a new future.
—Ilia Delio, The Emergent Christ

In Spanish:
Comprometerse en el misterio de Cristo es dejarse impulsar por el Espíritu de nueva vida, creatividad, imaginación y apertura al futuro. El espíritu, encarnado en la materia, es la energía de un nuevo futuro.” 
—Ilia Delio, The Emergent Christ


An Incarnational Practice: Creating

What is your visual response to this week’s quote? Using a pen, a brush, a camera or any medium of your choice, our invitation to you is to give shape, contour and texture to this passage. This is not an exercise to produce something “good” or “beautiful” but merely a practice to bring forth the visual essence of the words.


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


  1. Margaret Redmond

    For me today it means feeling blessed by each encounter of the day, including all who are involved in this reflection. Peace and Love

  2. Molly Wolfe

    I see every breath I take as an opportunity to ignite in me a renewed sense of awe, wonder and love for every living thing. God’s creation is ever changing and continually inviting me to participate in its mystery.

  3. Richard Weaver

    Having just seen the Netflix “Kiss the Ground” I see the dove from God alighting on the soil!

  4. Joy

    How gloriously beautiful this is.
    Thank you! May I share it with others with full atribution of course?
    Your passage for today is so on the nose it about took my breath away. I am in the midst of a chosen, huge transition; and today’s quote frames it all wonderfully.
    My unsought responses to your Incarnational Practice: Creativity are clay, keyboard, camera…which I’ve written in my journal and now hold in my heart and imagination.
    Did I say, “Thank you!?”
    Smiles and all good wishes from just east of Old Town Scottsdale, AZ

  5. Isabelle Robinson

    Thank you Joy! We are thrilled that you wish to share this email with others. Blessings,

  6. Maureen A Foltz, ccv

    And what a gift to have these contemplative sharings in Spanish as well. A sign of inclusivity at a time when it si needed. Thank you for opening yet another door/window/way and widening the circle.

  7. Annmary Andrews pbvm

    Revealing of new birth. Felt happy and grateful and I am asked to cooperate with God’s actions in my life.

  8. Mary Alice Babka

    The ground is covered with pure white snow which fell silently during the night. Let its silence
    make me aware that our universe
    is filled with an environment finding
    ways to let the Spirit of God enter

  9. Festival of trees

    Who is the artist? Please credit.

    • Isabelle Robinson

      Good point, thanks for that input.
      “Sky Above the Clouds II”, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1963

  10. Lisa Ellen Powell

    Thank you very much.

  11. mperryman123

    dancing and music even if there is four feet of snow… living life in its abundance, complexity and purpose.

  12. pkdevlin

    living the moment,
    dreaming what could be
    open to what is unfolding in evolving matter/s

  13. Helena Greene

    A sincere “thank you” to Ilia and team for inviting us on this evolutionary journey!
    Today as I take my walk in the winter garden I am stirred to engage and enter into the mystery of Christ coming to me as I pass the oak tree in its winter dress that promises me the freshness of new life. This promise of new life challenges me to openess to the future and the Spirit incarnate in matter gifts me with the energy for the years of inevitable diminishments not far ahead.

  14. Elise Collier

    Todays passage invokes the following image….Incubating in the womb of a woman matter infused with spirit conceived by love and union safely contained awaiting birth.


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The Heart of Matter

A New Email Series

The Heart of Matter is a contemplative email series from the Center for Christogenesis.

Designed to deepen both the reader’s understanding and their spiritual practice, each email will focus on a passage of Ilia’s work that expands the Center’s vision, while providing practical instruction to move these insights from the head to the heart. Through sustained contemplation on the intellectual import and spiritual potency of these passages, your understanding and practice will expand.

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