What is God Today? Series Introduction

Why do we need a new God?
Because we are restless and we are longing
and we need to rediscover God in our own age… Are you ready?

– Ilia Delio

“What is God Today?” is an Omega Center video series featuring interviews with Ilia Delio on the meaning of the divine in the 21st century and what God is doing in our midst. “Why do we need a new God? Because we are restless and we are longing and we need to rediscover God in our own age… Are you ready?” Ilia

Ilia explores major themes of her work and shares a vision of God, cosmos, and humanity that can help heal our troubled world and reveal religion as the most exciting energy of our time.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
by Jennifer Wallace

 

WHY TALK ABOUT GOD TODAY? — Well, because there’s something about us that is drawn to an infinity. There is something about us that longs for absoluteness and we’re constantly, as Karl Rahner would say, in this winter of faith because the deepest horizons of our desires cannot be fulfilled

Why do we need to know God today? Because we are restless and we are longing
and we need to rediscover God in our own age

We speak about being created in the image of God but the ancients knew that there’s something of the divine spark within us and so that spark of divinity that we name as image or the highest point of the soul is what draws us.

The power of this divine love within is the power of the future that keeps drawing us onward to create, to invent, to discover because we are constantly seeking that absolute ground of being that is God.

There are a number of people today who have given up on God; who say God is too old and too irrelevant. And I want to invite you to the Omega adventure. This is a new God…the same God showing up in new ways and I think it’s time for rediscovery of the deepest core of our life.

A new God for a new age. Are you ready?

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6 Comments

  1. Mike O'Grady on November 28, 2019 at 12:11 am

    What a wonderful initiative! We sure need the likes of this if we are to stand any chance of attracting those under 40 in acceptable numbers right down to the youngest of our society. Well done & thank you.



  2. Kevin Barr on November 29, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    What is God today? A great question… It reminds me of a story.
    I was in Assisi years ago with Richard Rohr for an Enneagram conference. We went to the Cathedral for a tour. Richard showed several of us a statue of St Francis kneeling down, bent over with arms crossed and gazing at the ground. In the earth was a Sacred Dove with wings spread.
    Richard shared that this was the only sculpture/artwork he had seen where the Holy Spirit was not shown in the air but embedded in the ground, in matter, in us!
    He then told us that Francis would often stay up all night crying out…

    “Who are you oh God and Who am I”?

    The question … “What is God today?” may continue to encourage others to continue to look for a God that is separate. Putting these two questions together “Who are you oh God and Who am I”? leads me into more of a relational, “mystical oneness” response/perspective. It helps open my heart, mind, soul and to TRUST that God, this “spark of Divinity”, really is embedded in me, in all of space and in all created things, and especially in the unknown. Our world needs to Trust the Unknown where unlimited possibilities exist and to BECOME ONE with the Divine!

    Thank you, Sr Ilia! I am ALL IN.
    I look forward to attending The Love at the Center of the Cosmos conference next week.



  3. Richard Wingate on November 29, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I am very much looking forward to next weekend in Philly. It’s an exciting time to be alive!



  4. Catherine Furlani on November 30, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    “The same God showing up in new ways!” I am so excited about this new series “What is God Today?” It sounds like it is what we need to help others begin to turn toward seeing, understanding and coming to know God in new ways. Thank you, Sister Ilia and the Omega Center for your continually good work.



  5. Lillian Needham on December 1, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Great idea, Ilia! How important it is to integrate the work of OMEGA CENTER to a wider readership. Looking forward to next weekend at Chestnut Hill Conference. I know it will be enlivening and inspiring!
    Lil Needham



  6. Raúl A. Simón E. on April 10, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Dear Sister Ilia:
    I just came across this site, and I find it very appealing. About you, my first reaction was : “too bad she is a nun”. When someone belongs to a religious order of the Catholic Church, you expect him or her to “toe the party line” and leave one disappointed. However, this does not seem to be the case with you. This is why I ask myself:”How has she managed to stay inside that institution, if her real religión is not as narrow-minded as theirs?” The fact that you wanted to become a Carmelite speaks well of you.
    I myself was raised as a Catholic, and was always attracted to monastic life, but has never cared a hoot for dogma. Right now, I don´t believe in a “personal” God, but only in the mystery of the Universe. (Please don´t write back with a bumper-sticker phrase like “I found it”.) I guess I must describe myself as an atheist or pantheist, but I am still on search for the divine. I remain on friendly terms with St. John of the Cross and Thomas Merton, my two “masters”, if I can say so.
    I would like to keep in touch, to see if I can learn something from you.
    (This message will probably be read by someone else, so be it.)
    Yours in God (?),

    Raúl A. Simón, MSc.



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