..."Now, meeting with so many women religious through LCWR, I see conscious evolution in action. They have been evolving the church and the world for hundreds of years through deep gospel living, a mystical presencing, faithfulness in serving unmet needs, solidarity with Earth, building community as "whole-makers," risk-taking for the sake of the mission, genius for cooperative self-governance and decision making, and above all bringing love and hope for the future into the lives of millions. For me, the most vital source ofmeaning of conscious evolution is the Catholic understanding of God and Christ as the source of evolution, as its driving force as well as its direction. As Ilia Delio puts it, we experience in evolution the Emergent Christ and God Ahead... In this view, evolution itself becomes a spiritually motivated labor of love toward a Christ-inspired world, leading toward life ever-evolving beyond this current stage of Homo sapiens sapiens...The key question in our time is, I believe,conscious evolution -- that is, how to evolve consciously as a new whole planetary system. What is required now is many convenings of disciplines, faiths, and understandings to gain for the very first time, a sense of shared human responsibility for the destiny of Earth Life. Our new crises and opportunities require all of us to ask ourselves these questions:What is my unique contribution to the conscious evolution of humanity? What is my greater life purpose? What can I do, small or large to contribute toward a positive future for all? What are the purposes of the heart of Christ?"
[Barbara Marx Hubbard is president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.]
Bridget Mary's Response:
Once again the Vatican is the gift that keeps on giving. I never heard the term "conscious evolution" before this latest dustup with Cardinal Mueller and his condemnation of it in the recent dialogue with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Now I have a new list of books to read and I suspect many others will be reading all about conscious evolution too. This is truly a blessing. Thank you, Cardinal Mueller. Who said that the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the CDF (also known as the modern day Inquisition and scourge of contemporary theologians and women priests supporters,)cannot move the church forward ?