Our Lent discussion on Sunday picked up on a phrase of Thomas Merton “the cosmic dance” – a phrase that divided the group! There were those who responded to it very positively, and those who could find no meaning in it all.

And then one of the group found an image to (almost) bridge the gap – Brownian Motion, which, I now understand, is the random movement of molecules, which look like a dance. I think. Or if not, close enough that, at least for me, a theological vision and image that has mattered to me for years now has a deeper meaning, as I understand something new of its power in describing the richness, complexity and beauty of the world.

And, yes, I know I am not making much sense. But this says it properly…

God’s Grandeur; Gerald Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

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