God is Love: the Heart of the World

By February 1, 2017Uncategorized

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   The new series by Fr. Thomas Keating, God is Love the Heart of All the World began Wednesday January 25, 2017 at All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla, California. Over a period of 4 days of filming in 2013, Fr. Thomas and Fr. Carl Arico, in conversation focused on the idea that when God chose to create the Universe it wasn’t a one-time event. According to Fr. Thomas, evolution and the cosmos are ongoing and expanding.

It was a pleasure to sit and listen to our longtime wisdom teacher, and (though I have only met him twice in person) soul friend. This is our second session with this newly made series, that is part of a larger project begun over 30 years ago, entitled the Spiritual Journey Series. God is love is considered the eighth part of that body of work by Fr. Thomas.  It  has been made with much prayer and thoughtfulness on the subject of  evolution and the cosmos which can be daunting in their depth and complexity .  Fr. Keating guides us through it all with grace and humor; the Big Bang, supernovas, quarks and black holes.  Science can  inform religion, says Keating,  in a new and dynamic way; and, that God’s love is at the source of evolution and the mystery of the cosmos. He quotes from the Acts of the Apostles,

“The God who made the world and all that is in it, …made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions so that people might seek God, and perhaps grope for him and find him though indeed he is not far from any one of us. For in him we move and have our being.”

The new series comes as a set of 2 DVD’s as well as a beautiful  booklet. The American contemporary artist William Congdon’s sacred art fills the pages in a very prayerful way; along with, thought provoking quotes from the likes of Albert Einstein  and  Teilhard de Chardin. There are reflections and questions and scripture quotes, as well as recommended reading.

A lively crowd met in the music room at All Hallows Church where we did 20 minutes of Centering Prayer followed by a viewing of the first DVD. At the end of the video there was an opportunity to do Visio Divina with one of Congdon’s works. It was a very prayerful time in which the group sat gazing, reflecting, responding and resting  in the beautiful image; letting God speak at the level of the heart. After and enthusiastic time of sharing the hour and a half ended with Musica Divina by Hildegard of Bingen.

If this has peaked your interest, COSD invites you to attend the Spiritual Journey Series every Fourth Wednesday of the month, with its focus on the eighth section of the Journey called God Is Love the Heart of all Creation. Our next meeting will be at All Hallows, February 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm in the Music Room.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017:  the first showing of God Is Love the Heart of all Creation will be shown at the United in Prayer Day at Contemplative Outreach North County,  St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church 16275 Pomerado Road, Poway California, 92064 The sessions are entitle, “Silence and Centering Prayer” and “Blessings.”

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