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The Omega Center is an online forum striving to facilitate a deepening of consciousness, conversation, and connection as we seek God in our scientific age. The website is dedicated to education, formation, and inspiration in the converging fields of science and theology and exists to promote and support the work of Ilia Delio, OSF.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN EVOLUTION?

by ILIA DELIO

Recently, I was at a retreat house in New Jersey with a group of older religious Sisters who were finishing up a week of prayer and reflection.  I sat across from a retired Sister of Saint Joseph at dinner one evening and she asked me, what does it mean to live in evolution?  All this talk about evolution, she said, I am not sure I really understand it [or why we need to keep talking about it!]  I am sure a lot of people have the same question. Can’t we just talk about God, people, and politics?  What’s the big deal about evolution?

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FINDING OUR WAY IN AN EVOLUTIONARY WORLD

by ILIA DELIO

What do we long for?  That is where our soul lies.  What do we hope for?  That is what stretches the heart.  When I was asked to give the Madeleva Lecture last April at St. Mary’s Notre Dame, I was not sure how I would pull together the emerging story of wholeness; what stretches our hearts and shapes our desires.  I took my cue from Teilhard de Chardin’s brilliant insight on the two dimensions of the material universe: withinness and withoutness; radial energy and tangential energy; consciousness and love. Building on the insights of quantum physics, I began to realize that consciousness may be the core stuff of life.  Everything begins with consciousness and culminates in a luminosity of conscious matter unified in love.  Teilhard said that evolution is the rise of consciousness.

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Ilia Delio

Ilia Delio

Ilia Delio, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the import of these for theology.

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