Radiant Word, blazing Power, you who mould
the manifold so as to breathe your life into
it; I pray you, lay on us those your hands —
powerful, considerate, omnipresent, those
hands which do not (like our human hands)
touch now here, now there, but which plunge
into the depths and the totality, present and
past of things, so as to reach us simultaneously
through all that is most immense and most inward
within us and around us.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Hymn of the Universe
In quiet morning light and contemplation I am awed by the gift of consciousness in human persons – and by Teilhard’s de profundis recognition and prayer.
Here a dormouse, there a wren. Beneath me the dust out of which I am lifted, shaped, fed and watered. Above me the ever-expanding.
Presence – most immense and most inward – touches me.