Friday, January 02, 2009

The Reasonableness of the Universe


Ria surprised John and I with a beautiful book as a New Year's present. It's Benedictus: Day by Day with Pope Benedict XVI. We actually got to open it just after midnight, in the very first moments of the new year. :)

Here's today's quote. It's awesome.

The more we know of the universe the more profoundly we are struck by a Reason whose ways we can only contemplate with astonishment. In pursuing them we can see anew that creating Intelligence to whom we owe our own reason. Albert Einstein once said that in the laws of nature "there is revealed such a superior Reason that everything significant which has arisen out of human thought and arrangement is, in comparison with it, the merest empty reflection." In what is most vast, in the world of heavenly bodies, we see revealed a powerful Reason that holds the universe together. And we are penetrating ever deeper into what is smallest, into the cell and into the primordial units of life; here, too, we discover a Reason that astounds us, such that we must say with Saint Bonaventure: "Whoever does not see here is blind. Whoever does not hear here is deaf. And whoever does not begin to adore here and to praise the creating Intelligence is dumb"... God himself shines through the reasonableness of his creation. Physics and biology, and the natural sciences in general, have given us a new and unheard-of creation account with vast new images, which let us recognize the face of the Creator and which make us realize once again that at the very beginning and foundation of all being there is a creating Intelligence. The universe is not the product of darkness and unreason. It comes from intelligence, freedom, and from the beauty that is identical with love. Seeing this gives us the courage to keep on living, and it empowers us, comforted thereby, to take upon ourselves the adventure of life.

2 comments:

Theresa said...

Love that quote. As a matter of fact I was just thinking about this very thing today. We were driving back from doing some sight-seeing and I was thinking about why the sight of Denali never fails to thrill me. I realized that it was as if I was seeing into the mind of God---the pure genius of it, to have created this amazing mountain and so many other things that are so much more complex and grand than we humans could ever have conceived. It is at once a humbling and empowering experience that continues to draw me back again and again.

Love2Learn Mom said...

Nice! I'll bet Denali is very inspiring that way!!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. :)