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“Science Has Become My Spiritual Director”

Sharing this beautiful and related post from Sr. Joan Chittister at https://mailchi.mp/5f96105bae30/do-no-harm-to-the-earth-750105?e=be693754a4
The cosmic God is a surety
“I have no doubt now that God is with us all and comes often to many in a burst of awareness. The difference is that the Presence becomes a guide, a warmth, not a vengeful human being writ large. Instead, the cosmic God is a surety, a promise of support, a reminder of what the Jewish community has always called “The Covenant” and the Quakers call “The Inner Light’. God is the internal voice calling me to give myself to the fullness of life. It is the trek of the soul to wholeness and understanding. It is an awareness within me of my identity with all creation and the strength I need to wrestle my own uncertainty, indifference, spiritual deafness to the ground.

Let me explain: Science has become my spiritual director.

It is science that brought me face-to-face with the awareness of the overwhelming, immeasurable presence that is God. It took me to the edge of life, beyond the fairytale God. It helped me to understand that the Light was the energy from which all things come. It brought me to realize that the Cosmic Presence, the beginning and end of everything, has been consumed, dwarfed, shrunk, and reduced to magic, warring, vending, judging, and manipulating the laws of life. God, to be God, is the substance, the embrace, the whole of life. It’s out of five basic elements – oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon – that all the elements of life come. These five elements are at the base of all life processes, in all of us, in all living things everywhere. “We are made of the same makings as the stars,” Dr Ashley King, a planetary scientist and stardust expert teaches. “Nearly all the elements in the human body were made in a star…”, and so, I believe, will return to stardust at the end.

The poets tell us that we are nothing but stardust. But stardust is the same stuff of a Cosmic God as we are its cosmic dust. Think of it: God is within us and we are within God, the Light – God, the energy of all life, God the Creator of the universe.

God within us is Light, the essence of revelation and insight. God within us is energy, the pointer toward the tomorrow that comes out of today. God within us pours out on us the reckless generation of the gifts of life.”           
        —from An Evolving God, An Evolving Purpose, An Evolving World by Joan Chittister (Fortress Press)
Recent Photos from James Webb’s Telescope
Photo of 5 Galaxies Dying Stars              
To read about the most recent innovation in space exploration, click here.

High Coo – July 19 – Chaos Theory & Murphy’s Law


Edward Lorenz, meteorologist, accidentally discovered an interest in chaos theory, when he noticed “that small changes in initial conditions produced large changes in long-term outcome.” Or, in other words, you can never fully predict the weather (or anything else for that matter) because of all the variables involved. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_theory)

And then there’s Murphy’s Law which says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy’s_law)

For example, the James Webb space telescope mirror appears to have suffered more damage than originally thought when it was hit by asteroids in late May. (See https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/big-setback-for-nasa-james-webb-space-telescope-badly-damaged-by-asteroid/ar-AAZJfgx)

So how might we respond to the theory, the law, the news of the day? Here is today’s haiku:

Enjoy the Show

Be thankful for flaws,

we are here to discover

our imperfections.