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Longing for a Sense of Wonder

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.

– Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

See the World

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

– Ray Bradbury

The Wisdom of Abraham Heschel

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge. 

– Abraham Joshua Heschel


May all of us enjoy the gift of wonder, or as Mary Oliver put it, “. . . be a bride to amazement.”

To Pray

To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live….

Amidst the meditation of mountains, the humility of flowers wiser than all alphabets–clouds that die constantly for the sake of God’s glory–we are hating, hunting, hurting. Suddenly we feel ashamed of our clashes and complaints in the face of the tacit glory in nature. 

– Abraham Joshua Heschel, from Quest for God

Taking notice of wonder

Taking notice of wonder

Wisdom from Rachel Carson

I remember reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson when I was in high school (seems like ages ago!). It seems we still have not learned from her wisdom.

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
– Rachel Carson
A simple thistle, yet it is a wonder of beauty

A simple thistle, yet it is a wonder of beauty

The Wonders Around Us

Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.
– Jalaluddin Rumi


The Feast of Thomas Aquinas

Statue of Thomas Aquinas from the Church of the Jacobins in Toulouse, France

Statue of Thomas Aquinas from the Church of the Jacobins in Toulouse, France

Wonder is the desire of knowledge.
– St. Thomas Aquinas

Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was born in Naples in 1225, and became a Dominican Friar. Because of his studies, writing, and teaching he was named a Doctor of the Church in 1567. He has had a profound influence on Christian theology.