Pierre Teilhard de Chardin had a beautiful experience of God. With the skill of a poet, he tries to share
something of what happened to him.
" the world gradually caught fire for me, burst into flames; how this happened all during my life, and as
a result of my whole life, until it formed a great luminous mass, lit from within, that surrounded me".
(The Heart of the Matter, p.15) And in another place, "The day will come when we shall harness for
God the energies of Love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, human
beings will have discovered fire". (Toward the Future p.87)
For us, the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God, is very special indeed.
She is an exceptional person. The first and best of disciples. From her, we have much to learn. And perhaps the best lesson she can teach us is how to listen for what we don't fully know yet, certain that we will recognise it when it happens, like Pierre did.
Rachel Naomi Remen says it beautifully:
I've spent many years learning how to fix life
only to discover at the end of the day that life is not broken.
There is a hidden seed of greater wholeness
in everyone and everything.
We serve life best when we water it and befriend it.
When we listen before we act.
In befriending life,
we do not make things happen according to our own design.
We uncover something that is already happening
in us and around us, and create conditions that enable it.
Everything is moving toward its place of wholeness
always struggling against odds.
Everything has a deep dream of itself and its fulfilment.
(My Grandfather's Blessing:Stories of Strength,Refuge and Belonging. p.230)