Category: God’s Presence

The Imprint of the Eternal Pleasure

Like the lark that soars in the air, first singing, then silent, content with the last sweetness that satiates it, such seemed to me that image, the imprint of the Eternal Pleasure.– Dante Alighieri, Canto XX, lines 73–77 (tr. Sinclair). This month, on November… Continue Reading “The Imprint of the Eternal Pleasure”

All Creation has an Order

All things created have an order in themselves, and this begets the form that lets the universe resemble God.― Dante Alighieri, Paradiso This month, on November 12th, Santa Sabina Center’s online retreat is “Finding Our Way through the Dark Woods: A Retreat with Dante’s Divine Comedy,”… Continue Reading “All Creation has an Order”

Every Place a Holy Place

The world, this palpable world, which we were wont to treat with the boredom and disrespect with which we habitually regard places with no sacred association for us, is in truth a holy place, and we did not know it. Venite, adoremus. – Teilhard… Continue Reading “Every Place a Holy Place”

The Divine Assails Us

  By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, when if fact we live steeped in its burning layers. – Teilhard de Chardin This month, on October 17th,… Continue Reading “The Divine Assails Us”

Seeing God in All Things

Either we acknowledge that God is in all things, or we have lost the basis for seeing God in anything. – Richard Rohr

Incomprehensible Holy Mystery

God is always doing something more. Incomprehensible holy mystery is always giving more, revealing more, communicating more. The only limit to that giving has been creation’s capacity to receive. Judy Cannato, Field of Compassion

The Primordial Sacrament

The created world is the primordial sacrament. – Elizabeth Johnson

All is the Moon

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon. – Matsuo Basho

May We Always Find the Capacity to Appreciate

The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy. – Abraham Maslow

See What Is Here Now

Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find. – Ann Patchett