The Spirit of God who graciously accompanies and celebrates the emergence of every form of life delights in the emergence of human creatures who can respond to the divine self-offering love in a personal way. They are offered the gift of transforming grace. A grace-filled universe awaits their arrival. Along side this story of grace there is also a tragic story of the willful rejection of grace. Human beings are born into a world of grace, but are also drawn toward violence and evil. In the midst of such a world, the Spirit offers freedom and salvation in a way that Christians understand as anticipating, and as directed toward, the Christ event.

Denis Edwards, Breath of Life