Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The most splendid cathedral!

'Daily cosmic events in the sky and on the earth are the Reality above our heads and beneath our feet every minute of our lives: a continuous sacrament."
Fr. Richard Rohr, Daily Reflection, 11/15

Fr. Rohr is talking about Creation being the "primary cathedral" for both St. Francis and also Jesus, who used stories of nature and natural human observations to teach his lessons.  Nature can teach us if we are open and observant to its lessons.  The past couple of nights there has been a tremendous Super Moon, so large and beautiful to behold! I was grateful to take lovely walks observing it and it was very spiritual for me. Also, I spent some time, on a lovely Sunday afternoon, observing the burning bushes in my front garden.  The vibrant red leaves have given way to bright orange berries, which I had never really noticed before.  Observing these gifts of nature is prayer, appreciating them is sacramental. Both teach me of the circle of life, the rising and shining of the moon one day, the only-visible part of the moon the next.  We can't see the good all the time, but seeing it occasionally reassures us that it is always really there.  The leaves giving way to berries mirrors our very lives, helping us realize that life is cyclic, sometimes it is filled with the splendor of vibrant red leaves, other times, it's just the berries! In any case, observing creation is prayer. Creation is God in action in our lives and we are missing a fabulous sacramental service if we can't take the time to pray in nature's cathedral.  Love, heidi

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