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A worldly faith?
Sometimes we imagine that our faith is about becoming more religious. However the French priest and palaeontologist Teilhard de Chardin said, ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’ A palaeontologist is someone who studies fossils, and like any scientist is an observer of things in a search to discover more about them. I think what he meant was since we are created in the image and likeness of God, as we grow as humans we grow more and more into God.
He also said, ‘by virtue of Creation, and still more the Incarnation, nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see.’ Our humanity in all its shapes and sizes is God’s way of fleshing out and manifesting His beauty. ‘Nothing is profane for those who know how to see’: Heaven isn’t very far away, and faith isn’t about religious stuff. Indeed common humanity is the home of God: this is what Christmas is all about, when God in Jesus made his home amongst us.