Formation - 9 May 2018

en - The greening of all things

`You understand so little of what is around you because you do not use what is within you’ said Hildegard of Bingen (1098 -1178) She often used the word viriditas meaning the greening of things from within, a sort of photosynthesis, to use an image from the plant world, plants that receive sunshine and transform it into life and energy. She saw too, the connection between the physical world and the divine Presence,` the energy that is the soul and seed of everything’ calling us to `become who you are, become all that you are.

`O Holy Spirit you are the mighty way in which everything that is in the heavens and on earth, and under the earth, is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.’ (Hildegard of Bingen), truly Trinitarian. Creation mirrors God and our little world reflects the great world. Contemplation helps us in this process.

We are in a critical time of transition from an industrial growth society to what Joanna Macey calls ` a life sustaining society’. We need a change of consciousness, a shift of perception and values, `a redefining of wealth and worth’. She points out we need to grieve for what is happening to our world, the pollution, the loss of species, the changing climate so often to the detriment of the poorest among us, and accompany this with a spiritual awakening and a listening to the insights of the scientific breakthroughs in quantum physics and systems theory as well as the tradition wisdom of indigenous peoples. The depths of contemplation `will bring us home to each other’ and all beings in our common home. This transformation of consciousness will then direct our actions towards healing and peace, a celebration of the gift of life and the greening of our world. Pope Francis points out `Creatures tend towards God, and in turn it is proper to every living being to tend towards other things, so that throughout the universe we can find any number of constant and secretly woven relationships. This leads us not only to marvel at the manifold connections existing among us, but also to discover the key to our own fulfilment….going out from ourselves to live in communion with God, with others and with all creatures. In this way, we make our own the trinitarian dynamism which God imprinted in us when we were created. Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity’. (Laudato Si 240)

He goes further. ``The destiny of all creation is bound up with the mystery of Christ’, this Eastertide we recognise the Risen Jesus as the great hope of creation and the fulfilment of all that has gone before. We have a hope. Let us be part of a transformation and a greening.

Jessica Gatty r.a.