|THE QUANTUM REVELATION: A RADICAL SYNTHESIS OF SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
AUTHOR: Paul Levy (Select Books, Inc. 2018)
Lori P. Dexter, Special to The Review | July 1, 2021
the nature of reality, Einstein said “reality is an illusion, albeit a
very persistent one.”(By the way, you will find more than a few
Einstein quotes in this book). Until recently I was one of the many
people who could not even conceive of a reality that is not ‘out there’
somewhere. The thought never even entered my head. I just took it for
granted that reality is something objective and independent of me. That
all changed when I started reading Paul Levy’s The Quantum Revelation. It was like having a lucid dream except I wasn’t dreaming, I was awake.
|Quantum physics reveals fascinating insights into the subatomic
world, the building blocks of matter. The following are just a few of
the ones that Levy touches on.
Quantum entities are simultaneously waves and particles. This is
completely impossible from the conventional point of view, as waves and
particles are polar opposites that mutually exclude each other. How can
the impossible be happening? And what does it mean that it is? Clearly,
when we label what is actually happening as “impossible,” something is
being reflected back to us about the limited way we are viewing the
world. This mystery is calling for a novel, radical, and
(r)evolutionary way of thinking about things, as well as new and more
conscious ways of feeling, sensing, and experiencing our world─a real
“re-visioning” of our moment-by-moment experience
Quantum physics is
pointing at, and is an expression of, an underlying seamless and
undivided wholeness in which all the parts of the universe are
Quantum physics shows us that the underlying structure of matter is not
mechanical. Our mechanical, machine-like understanding of ourselves, of
the world, of the universe, of reality is no longer a sufficient
understanding. Our universe is more like a conscious organism than a
robotic machine. Our world is more idea-like than matter-like. The
building blocks that make up our world, our universe, ourselves exist
in a state of ‘open-potentiality’. These elementary particles are able
to inhabit at the same time every possible universe that they could
possibly manifest in. Reality is a big, bubbling pot of infinite
[Lori Dexter is a member of Emmaus Inclusive Catholic Community Edmonton/Sherwood Park, AB]
Canada Bishop's Message
RCWP Canada Members and Affiliated Communities
recent news of the discovery of 215 children buried at the Kamloops
Indian Residential School and 751 unmarked graves at Cowessess First Nation has once again sent waves of trauma across
the country. My heart breaks as I read the stories of survivors
of residential schools and the history of the policies of the Canadian
government and the role of the churches in implementing them. I
am sure yours must, too.
part of its mandate, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held
listening sessions across the country to hear and record first-hand
from the survivors the stories of Residential Schools. I was able
to attend some of the sessions held at the Treaty Four Grounds in Ft.
Qu’Appelle, SK in 2013. I was overwhelmed by the stories and the
pain that is carried by the survivors. Before this, I was ignorant of
the atrocity of genocide that is part of the legacy of white supremacy
and colonialism in our country.
response to the Kamloops and Cowessess discoveries, there have been statements by
Indigenous groups and responses by federal agencies and churches.
At a recent joint meeting of the Board of Directors and the National
Leadership Circle we considered what response we could make as RCWP
Canada. Rather than another statement, the following action items
are presented to you as ways to engage more deeply in the trauma of
this genocide and the TRC’s calls for action to address it.
21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, and July 1st is Canada
Day. Particularly this year we have an opportunity to recommit
ourselves to living out truth and
reconciliation. This might include making a personal Pledge of
Reconciliation. Information on the pledge can be found as the first
recommendation on the page of resources included with this letter.
community we pastor is asked to reflect on what they are doing to
continue (or commence) initiatives at the grass roots level that work
towards healing injustices in the interest of advancing truth and
member of RCWP Canada is asked to take some personal action such as a
book study, participate in a sharing circle, or engage in building a
personal relationship with an Indigenous person or community.
Canada members are asked to use the rcwpcanadaforum to share their
action plans so that our cumulative efforts can be compiled as our
national “Call to Action” response. We all have ideas to share
and can offer mutual support and encouragement to one another.
people of God, relatives of one another, we face the issues of our day
in light of the Gospel of Jesus. As followers of Jesus and
servant leaders in our communities, I believe we have a moral
obligation to do this. Each of us as one, and all of us together,
can make a difference.
May the Spirit of Oneness bind us in love for one another as God has loved us.
Kryzanowski, Regina, SK
is bishop for RCWP Canada]
Catholic women step into the pulpit in Germany
Delphine Nerbollier, ncronline.org | May 25, 2021
Göken-Huismann, a 59-year-old theologian and president of the Catholic
Women's Association of Germany (KFD), preached at Mass last Monday in
the Church of St. Maximilian in Düsseldorf in western Germany.
In fact, she has regularly given homilies at Services of the Word since 1988, which is normal practice throughout the country.
this was different. For the second year in a row, she was one of twelve
women in twelve different locations who took part in this May 17
nationwide action called "Preachers' Day".
"Our goal is to make it clear that women can preach and can do it well," says Göken-Huismann, who has two children.
Three women honored with CTSA awards; Susan Wood of Regis College, Toronto, ON, receives John Courtney Murray Award
Heidi Schlumpf, ncronline.org | June 14, 2021
three awards presented during the Catholic Theological Society of
America's virtual convention this year went to female theologians,
including Susan K. Wood of Regis College at the University of Toronto,
who received the John Courtney Murray Award for a lifetime of
distinguished theological achievement.
a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, is a professor of
systematic theology and an academic dean at Regis. She is known for her
pioneering research on French theologian Henri de Lubac, whose ideas
helped shape the Second Vatican Council, as well as her work in the
areas of ecclesiology, sacraments, liturgical theology, ecclesial
ministry, ecumenism and the theology of priesthood.
am thankful that the leader of my country is admitting fault and
committing to bringing forth justice and healing, but I don't think
justice and healing can come without another leader following the prime
Catholic, Anglican, United Methodist and Presbyterian churches were the
major denominations involved in the administration of the residential
school system, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of
Canada. The Catholic Church was responsible for operating up to 60% of
residential schools in Canada yet the Catholic Church is the only one
that has not made a formal apology.
2008, the federal government, under Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
issued a formal apology for the damage done by the residential school
system. And in 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally asked
Pope Francis to apologize during a visit to the Vatican. But the pope
did not apologize.
puzzling especially since the pope claims absolute authority in the
Catholic Church and benefits from all the power and privilege that that
supreme authority brings. Yet, when the church is called out for doing
wrong, the pope doesn't take responsibility.
past time the pope takes responsibility for the atrocities committed by
the Catholic Church. Justice will not be denied to the little ones any
P. Dexter, Edmonton, AB. This letter to the editor first appeared
in the National Catholic Reporter, and is published in The Review with
the permission of the author.]
to Canon Law Fail to Correct the “Crime” of Women’s Ordination
Ballentyne on Facebook during her Walk of Sorrow, Prince Albert to Ottawa
Indigenous people's lives depend on their lands, but threats are growing worldwide
Barbara Fraser Leaders, ncronline.org | May 12, 2021
The threats facing Indigenous people opposing industrial operations on
their lands — discrimination, harassment and assassination — all
disproportionately affect women. And the coronavirus pandemic has done
little to reduce the danger, say Indigenous and faith leaders.
"Indigenous women human rights defenders are at the forefront of the
resistance against the effects of extractive industries and, more
generally, the model relying on the exploitation of natural resources,
including through mining, logging, [agricultural] monocultures and
dams," Sandra Epal-Ratjen, international advocacy director for
Franciscans International, said at a virtual event April 26.
Pope and Canadian Indigenous: 'Sorry' must fit the level of suffering
Cindy Wooden, ncronline.org | June 14, 2021
Cardinal Michael Czerny, who had had a meeting with the pope June 5,
was asked about what the pope said after his Sunday Angelus talk and
why an apology was not part of it.
cardinal told CTV Edmonton that he thought the pope did not use the
occasion to apologize because, yes, it would have been "a spontaneous
moment, but if it's not well prepared, if we are not ready to receive
it -- more than to receive it, to live it" -- then it would not make a
difference. Instead, "it is something that should change our lives."
Donald Bolen of Regina, Saskatchewan, said he believes the pope was
"telling the leadership of the church in Canada" that the first step
must be for them "to engage directly with Indigenous peoples, that we
need to work with them, to listen to them, to accompany them, to
apologize where appropriate, to make amends where that is asked for,
and to find ways to walk together."
Ritual land acknowledgements: inculturated justice or ritual overload?
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Lizette Larson, praytellblog.com | May 10, 2021
acknowledgements (articulating on whose land a particular church
building sits or a specific liturgy is taking place – referencing First
Nation/Indigenous in Canada or Native American/American Indian in the
US) has been an interesting comparative point between the two
this blog site focused on liturgy, after an introduction to the
conversation, I will limit the broad topic to one ritual aspect, land
acknowledgements in Canadian liturgies, recognizing that this is a
small part of the larger conversation past, present, and continuing.
Discovery of burials "not news" to Native people in the United States
Marquette University photo
Kevin Clarke, americamagazine.org | June 14, 2021
chairperson of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network, Mr. Black
Elk is the executive director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian
School in Pine Ridge, S.D., a former Jesuit-run Indian boarding school.
He believes it is likely that similarly informal and unmarked burials
will be found among the boarding schools maintained for Native American
children on the U.S. side of the border, should a substantial effort be
made to look for them. After all, he pointed out, the Canadian system
was modeled on the 19th-century network of boarding schools in the
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Why this Canadian Ukrainian bishop loves Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Pillar, pillarcatholic.com | May 19, 2021
Bryan Bayda is not from Mexico City. He’s not Hispanic. In fact, he’s
not even a Roman Catholic. But, however unlikely it might seem, the
Canadian bishop in the Ukrainian Catholic Church has a deep, pious, and
loving devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
by the recent discoveries of unmarked graves of children at residential
schools in Kamloops, Brandon, and now, Cowessess, a new social media
campaign is launching on June 29 to raise awareness of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
Read More and Join the Campaign
Reflections on the
by Susan Roll
Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time B July 11 2021
Amos 7: 12-15; Psalm 85; Ephesians 1: 3-14; Mark 6: 7-13
wonderful result of the liturgical reforms that resulted from the
Second Vatican Council is that Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants
now share almost the same readings of the Word of God on the same
Sunday, or at least the same Gospel. This Sunday is an exception
though. The Gospel reading in the Roman Missal is Mark 6: 7-13,
Jesus’ instructions to the disciples that he sent out on mission.
The Revised Common Lectionary uses the text that follows right
afterward, Mark 6: 14-29, the beheading of John the Baptist.*
the second reading, the New Testament reading from Ephesians, is
identical. The passage for this Sunday plays out on nothing less
than a cosmic scope and presents us with some breathtaking theological
and spiritual imagery. It’s not without its problems however.
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