or, Why I Wanted to be an Astrophysicist When I Was a Girl.
Anyone needing to meditate on the immensity of creation, I direct you to the above link.
Poetic shout-out to Medieval Woman in Theology Julian of Norwich:
“The Showings: Lady Julian of Norwich, 1342-1416,” by Denise Levertov
Julian, there are vast gaps we call black holes,
unable to picture what’s both dense and vacant;
and there’s the dizzying multiplication of all
language can name or fail to name, unutterable
swarming of molecules. All Pascal
imagined he could not stretch his mind to imagine
is known to exceed his dread.
And there’s the earth of our daily history,
its memories, its present filled with the grain
of one particular scrap of carpentered wood we happen
to be next to, its waking light on one especial leaf,
this word or that, a tune in this key not another,
beat of our hearts now, good or bad,
dying or being born, eroded, vanishing–
And you ask us to turn our gaze
inside out, and see
a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, and believe
it is our world? Ask us to see it lying
in God’s pierced palm? That it encompasses
every awareness our minds contain? All Time?
All limitless space given form in this
Yes, this is indeed what you ask, sharing
the mystery you were shown: all that is made:
a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, held safe
in God’s pierced palm.
Amazing. I like trying to imagine different saints’ reactions if they were presented with some of the discoveries we’ve made or things we’ve invented.