Our Greatest Blunder

pat hawkRedemptorist priest Pat Hawk spent his last day on earth three years ago in 2012.  He was a quiet, contemplative man.  Although I did not know him well, I did attend several of his open ‘pathless path’ sessions at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Picture Rocks.  Father Hawk was a Roshi, a highly venerated senior teacher in Zen Buddhism.

Earlier this year, my friend at the center passed on a magazine to me, Human Development Magazine.  “Father Hawk received this magazine,” Carmen explained.  “I think you would enjoy it.”  Now, she gives me the magazine each quarter when it arrives at the center and I read it from cover to cover.

blunderThe summer 2015 issue focuses on ‘power.’  It is an excellent issue, but one article held me captive, Our Greatest Blunder.  I know little about quantum physics, but I want to know more.  I have several friends who have a good grasp of it including Father Paul who I quote frequently on this website.  Author Gerry O’Neill addresses the quantum world in this engaging article, which I make available to our subscribers here (yellow highlights are mine; I am a notorious highlighter).  A few quotes may appeal to you and encourage you to download and read the article.  Knowing the demographics of our subscribers, I know it will interest you.

“Einstein lost his nerve.  The power of the old paradigm asserted its hold and he added a mathematical term called the cosmological constant to hide the inconvenient truth of an unfolding universe.”


“Every major breakthrough is a break out of the limits imposed by current thinking.”


“There is a longing in the human heart that cannot be satisfied with stuff.  Sadly, this craving for material well-being has been ruthlessly exploited by a modern culture where consumerism is the global religion; materialism its high priest; and shopping its chief form of worship.”


“One way to embrace what scientists are teaching us about reality is to value the invisible as much as the visible.”

I hope these excerpts have whetted your appetite to download the article and read more.  As Father O’Neill concludes his article, “The question is:  Can [the old practices of the Church] help the faithful to enter into the mystery of the divine that is present in the great unfolding story of the cosmos?”

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“To ignore the question may be our greatest blunder.”

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