Being a Celt –in fact a very dangerous mixture of Welsh and Irish as well as Cornish! – I think of curves as very potent ways of expressing a sense of the organic nature of the divine and the created world. On my wall as I write this blog I have a print which is all full of curves looping and curling in and around one another. The design is a highly complex weaving of curves that makes a single integrated and organic whole. It is a beautiful image of interconnectedness in which everything is woven into a relationship with everything else. I also have to hand a little collection of various celtic spirals. I was thinking of these images yesterday when I quoted Teilhard on the organic nature of the ‘Universal Christ’ and a universe that we ‘ must recognise ..as one great whole, welded together and evolving organically..’( in Science and Christ, pp 14- 20)
|The Nevern Cross, Wales - click to enlarge|
As I typed those words about the universe as a whole ' welded together and evolving organically' yesterday the image of the Nevern cross in Wales came to mind. ( A cross I love very much. ) Following the curve of Christ is rather like the patterns we can see carved by my ancestors long ago.
And the curve we have to follow is that marked out by the New Adam born of Mary - we have to evolve as individuals and as a species by becoming more Christ like in all things. We have to follow the curve by seeing Christ in all things. We have to develop a 'cosmic' and 'Christic' sense and a 'sense of the earth.' We have to realize that we are an integral part of the great organic knot of creation and that we are - as reflective conscious forms of life - co-creators in building a new earth. We have responsibility for our future evolution: we can choose to take up our cross and follow the curve. Like Adam in the icon, we are free to choose. As we follow the curve illuminated by the glow of the Sacred Heart we realize that we are all bound and pulled together by the divine knot of Christ’s love extending its energy throughout the universe.
The icon of the Sacred Heart should remind us that inChrist all things curve and converge. This realisation should transform how we live our lives both at an individual and a collective level. **
** Just noticed that on the cover of Ursula King's book Christ in All Things is a celtic knot! Must see if anyone has written about the relationship between Celtic Christianity and Teilhard?