Nearly three months ago in a post titled, “Thank God for DEATH—Could Anything Be More Sacred? More Necessary? More Real?” I mentioned that I had just learned that Judy Cannato, a dear colleague in the Great Work, had entered hospice after a prolonged battle with cancer. Judy died on May 7th.

Note: I had invited Judy to be part of the conversations in The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity series (Dec 2010-Jan 2011), but she did not have the physical strength to participate.

For those who would like to know more about this amazing woman, here is a link to an obituary posted by her publisher, Ave Maria Press.

In addition to the lives she personally touched, Judy’s heartful wisdom will continue to ripple forth. She wrote several acclaimed books in the field of evolutionary spirituality: Quantum Grace, Radical Amazement, and Field of Compassion. I recommend all three.

Here’s the publisher’s description (and notable endorsements) of her latest…

Field of Compassion: How the New Cosmology Is Transforming Spiritual Life

The bestselling author of Radical Amazement articulates a transforming vision of spirituality that examines the intricate connectedness of the physical and spiritual worlds, a phenomenon she calls the “field of compassion.”
 
In the tradition of Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry, Judy Cannato invites spiritual seekers to embrace the way in which an understanding of religion and the spiritual path is informed and illumined by cutting-edge science. Cannato’s newest book is a must-read for those interested in how the new cosmology and the Christian story can be understood in harmony with one another.

She shows how modern scientific discoveries demonstrate that, at the most fundamental of levels, all life is connected and that humankind participates in the unfolding of the universe. This book’s compelling and radical call to transformation will inspire readers to choose collaboration and peace over competition and conflict.

What others are saying about Field of Compassion:

“Judy Cannato writes like a poet, visions like a mystic, and weaves a story that is original, provocative, and inspiring. Her ability to integrate the wisdom of field theory, Christian compassion, and personal narrative provides the reader with nourishment for intellect and spirit alike. A message of reassurance and hope for troubled times.”
—Diarmuid O’Murchu,
author of Quantum Theology

“Synthesizing the brilliant insights of our era’s most significant scientists and spiritual teachers, Judy Cannato provides an effective process for embodying this new understanding. Field of Compassion is a gateway into the future of the human species.”
—Brian Thomas Swimme, co-author of The Universe Story

“I am absolutely enthralled with this book. I want to keep sitting inside its heart, to absorb more and more of the profound realities that Judy Cannato sets forth with such clarity and beauty.”
—Joyce Rupp, author of Open the Door

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See HERE for short quotes from, and enthusiastic endorsements of, her other two books:

Quantum Grace: Lenten Reflections on Creation and Connectedness

Radical Amazement: Contemplative Lessons from Black Holes, Supernovas, and Other Wonders of the Universe.