THE GREAT WORK (as told by Thomas Berry)

 

     The Great Work before us, the task of moving modern industrial civilization from it’s present devastating influence on the Earth to a more benign mode of presence, is not a role we have chosen.

 

Highwood River meets Alberta Highway 541 - bruce witzel photo

    

We were chosen by some other power beyond ourselves for this historical task. The nobility of our lives, however, depends upon the matter in which we come to understand and fulfill our assigned role.

 

Statue in California (5) - bruce witzel photo

 

We must believe that those powers that assign our role must in the same act bestow upon us the ability to fulfill this role. We must believe that we are cared for and guided by these same powers that brought us into being.

 

Contemplating Deshutes River in Bend Oregon(4)(2) - bruce witzel photo

 

Our own special role, which we will hand on to our children, is that of managing the arduous transition from the terminal Cenozoic to the emerging Ecozoic Era, the period when humans will be present to the planet as participating members of the comprehensive Earth community.

 

St.Mary in the Mountains & local school and resident, Virginia City, Nevada (best)- Oct.3, 2016  - bruce witzel photo

This is our Great Work.

 

~ Fr. Thomas Berry ~

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16 thoughts on “THE GREAT WORK (as told by Thomas Berry)

  1. A friend said my reply to your reply (about envisioning my DNA) might be taken as sarcasm. Just to let you know: it wasn’t. It was deeply heartfelt. I just wanted to make sure you knew that, and to thank you again.

  2. I don’t have words for prayers anymore. I don’t even have a frame of reference for them. Everything most meaningful to me has been essentially re-expressed as a demand for armed resistance:
    The monsters are here, sitting in the White House. They have told us what they intend to do and we can count on them to do it.

    Trump will have the nuclear bomb code in a few weeks. They want to send Muslim-Americans to internment camps. They really are going to build that 3,000 mile wall, and use prisons to re-enslave Black Americans. We have to arm ourselves and defend those targeted for destruction, starting now.

    But you, now – your prayers mean something, Bruce. Something with a power I don’t know about. So please start praying, brother.

    • The Great Work is also the title of the excellent book by Thomas Berry. I’m reading it for the 3rd time.

      Also, the Great Disruption is fascinating and an ultimately uplifting (in spite its title). I forgot the authors name but I took notes from it, and might do a blog about it one day.

      So glad you appreciated the post Debi.

    • There is a book I read last year called the Great Disruption… . and I think we’re in it. Later in the book the author speaks of the Great Awakening. Yes. I’m with you in having hope, though , sadly I believe much suffering is to come within or without this hope.

  3. Yes! And let’s not forget that in the beginning we were one with Nature. That is our natural state of being. This is a Sankofa moment in time. We must go back in order to move forward

    • Thanks for the reminder! In the story of cosmo-genesis, the heavens and the earth are good. I always love the example from Thich Nhat Hahn, how it it takes mud to create the lotus flower. Thank you for your continuing witness and ministry, Rev. Dele.

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