Griffiths, Bede. Return To The Center. Springfield, Illinois: Templegate, 1976.

If we could go down into the depths of any being, a grain of sand, a leaf, a flower, we should come upon this eternal mystery. Beyond the molecules and atoms, beyond the protons and electrons, beyond the living cell with it genes and chromosomes, there is an energy, a force of life, which is continually welling up from the abyss of being in the Father, continually springing up into the light of the Word, continually flowing back to its source in the bliss of love. 59

the ultimate Mystery of being, the ultimate Truth, is Love. This is the essential structure of reality. When Dante spoke of the ‘love which moves the sun and the other stars,’ he was not using a metaphor, he was describing the nature of reality. 60,61

Love giving itself, losing itself and finding itself in love, and Love returning to itself, giving itself back in love – this is the eternal pattern of the universe. Every creature in the depth of its being is a desire, a longing for Love, and is drawn by Love to give itself in love. 61

There is a continual dance of love, a continual going and returning. Ultimately it is the one Love giving itself continually so as to create this form and that form, building up the universe of stars and atoms and living cells, and then drawing everything back to itself; everything coming into being in the Word as an expression of love, and everything returning to the Father, to the Source, in the love of the Spirit. / Every human being has in his heart this desire to love and to be loved. It is the very structure of his being. It is built into the cells of his body and is the deepest instinct in his soul. 61

Sin is always the refusal to love, or rather the rejection of the rhythm of love, the desire to get and not to give. 62