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anatomI  found it difficult to go to sleep last night because of the noise, light and torrents of rain in the storm playing outside my window. Perhaps I should have put my attention there instead of on the fact that today would be a long and involved day for which I would need a long and restorative sleep. I should have remembered that lately I usually function quite fine with whatever amount of sleep I have and wake up when God (rather than my alarm) calls…a function of getting older, perhaps. It’s still raining outside but in a gentler, quieter way now. Hopefully the farmers will have received a little of what they have needed for a better harvest and some of the energies in the natural world will have been balanced out a bit for this new day.

These thoughts put me in mind of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – a theologian and scientist whose life and work in the first half of the 20th century have lately found a resurgence in light of the convergence that is happening in science and spirituality. I must admit that his face smiling out from a book cover leaning against a bookcase to my left was also a goad for my reflection. So here’s a thought excerpted from Teilhard’s book, Writing in a Time of War, that might call us to the more today.

To live the cosmic life is to live dominated by the consciousness that one is an atom in the body of the mystical and cosmic Christ. The person who so lives dismisses as irrelevant a host of preoccupations that absorb the interest of other people. Such a person’s life is open to larger horizons and such a person’s heart is always more receptive.