March 11, 2008
I just finished reading the New Oxford Book Review, “Our Pantheistic Sisters”, February 2008 By Anne Barbeau Gardiner review of Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology by Sarah McFarland Taylor. Harvard University Press.
While reading I was reminded of last year’s statement-proclamation of a womyn religious one morning before Holy Mass, when she joyfully and ecstatically exclaimed, “For me everything is Eucharist! That tree, the sky, the birds, you and I! We are all Eucharist!”
I gasped. I grimaced at the blasphemy, and nearly rent my shirt. (Where’s my Zoloft?)
Ms. Gardiner writes in part:
“Green sisters eat organic food because they think it still has the divine life-force in it. Sr. Wild explains that the important thing is the “spirit of the food” we eat: “I go for quality of Spirit in my food.” Eating dinner for her is a daily “eucharist” with the “body of the earth and sun.” Similarly, Sr. Miriam MacGillis remarks, “If we truly saw the Divine in a potato,” we would not commit the “sacrilege” of “turning it into Pringles.” Since they consider it already blessed and a “manifestation of the Divine,” green sisters do not bless their food. Hard to believe, but some actually “ask the food to bless them.”
Doubtless the most egregious departure from Catholic Tradition is the Earth Meditation Trail at Genesis Farm, which has been imitated across the land. The Trail is made of “stations” to evoke, in Taylor’s words, “the Catholic paraliturgical activity of walking the ‘stations of the cross.'” It is a “series of prayer stations” that depicts not Christ’s Passion, but “the earth’s Passion.”
Her review is worth your time; when you’re finished, pray for the souls of these “sisters”.