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Adaptation of a prayer of Fr. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin called "It Is I, Be Not Afraid"
By Joe Egan
Copyright 2001 Joe Egan
Adaptation of prayer "It Is I, Be Not Afraid," including am email note to Frank
2/3/2001 Email From Joe Egan to Frank Sisco
Hi Frank,
I was struggling with the "temptation to curse the universe and him who made it." After much prayer really accept the truth contained in the prayer. Then I remembered what TdC had written.
Feel free to use it any way you see fit. It might fit into your "Prayer" section on Seniormusings.corn
It is great being in touch with you.again
From Joe
It is I, Be Not Afraid
Ah, you know it yourself, Lord, through having borne the anguish of it as man:
On certain days the world seems a terrifying thing: huge, blind and brutal. It buffets us about, and drags us along with complete indifference. Heroically, man has created a more or less habitable zone of light and warmth in the midst of the great, cold, black waters. A place where people have eyes to see, hands to help, and hearts to love.

But how precarious that habitation is! At any moment, the vast and horrible thing may break in through the cracks. The thing which we try to forget is always there - separated from us by a flimsy partition: fire, pestilence, storms, earthquakes or disease. These callously sweep away in one moment what we had so laboriously built up and beautified by our intelligence and love.
Since my dignity as a man, O God, forbids me to close my eyes to this - like an animal or a child - that I may not succumb to the temptation to curse the universe and him who made it, teach me to adore it by seeing you concealed within it.
"It is I, be not afraid." The things in our life which terrify us, the things that threw you yourself into agony in the garden, are, ultimately, only the appearance, the matter of one and the same sacrament.

We have only to believe. And the more threatening reality appears, the more firmly and desperately must we believe. Then, little by little, we shall see the universal horror unbend, and then smile upon us, and then take us in its more than human arms.
Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
"Fides substantia rerum