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.
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.
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.
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.
This is our Great Work.
~ Fr. Thomas Berry ~
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