From our earliest conscious existence, we humans have always been drawn to God. Over the centuries, we have given God many forms and many names. Christians have found God through Jesus. In this 21st century, we know that we live in a quantum universe of constant change. We have outgrown the concept of an up or down world with an aged patriarch God who keeps tabs on us. God is the Holy Mystery whose presence is revealed in all, who sustains all, and who loves us and all creation just as we are. Our spirituality is steeped in this God beyond all names. We pray to learn to love as God loves – freely and gratuitously, to try to love with a selfless love that makes no demands. It is the love of seekers based in the confidence that God is the One who is our source and our fulfillment. It results in a genuine caring for all others who share in God’s unconditional ever-creating love.
O Holy One grant that I may not so much seek
To be loved as to love.
St. Francis of Assisi
I will try to absorb what it means to live in an evolving universe. What are the implications to my concept of God? How does it affect my beliefs and actions?
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
Psalm 139: 7
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for your God is with you wherever you go.
For in God we live and we move and exist.
As God has loved me,
so I have loved you. Remain in my love.
This is my commandment:
Love one another,
As I have loved you.
John 15: 9 -!0, 12-13
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident is zero.
This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.
We can feel the heartbeat of life itself pulsate throughout the planet whenever we take another’s hand and acknowledge that we are one. How, then, can we fail to recognize that our multifaceted diversity is a prism of the Divine?
Miriam Therese Winter
If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.