Friday, December 25, 2009

What Christmas Is All About

"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" pleads Charlie.

Linus does:

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) saw it cosmically:

It is done.

Once again the Fire has penetrated the earth
Not with the sudden crash of thunderbolt,
riving the mountain tops;

does the Master break down doors to enter his own home?

Without earthquake, or thunderclap:
the flame has lit us the whole world from within.

All things individually and collectively
are penetrated and flooded by it,
from the inmost core of the tiniest atom
to the mighty sweep of the most universal laws of being:
so naturally has it flooded every element, every energy
every connecting link in the unity of our cosmos,
that one might suppose the cosmos to have burst
spontaneously into flame.

Hat-tips: Rocco and The Anchoress

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