seeing the Holy in the Ordinary

On the book jacket of A Tree Full of Angels by Macrina Wiederkehr:

“Offers a refreshingly honest view of how each one of us can learn to communicate with God in our everyday lives. . . . A clear, simple, book of prayer and praise.”

What is unique about a moment that has the power to bless us and the potential to feed us is not so much the power of the moment itself, but rather the quality of presence we bring to that moment.  Our presence can change an ordinary, unnoticed moment into a moment of beauty that can feed the soul.  The awareness, the goodness and depth of you and me come face to face with the reality, the goodness and depth of another person, an event, a place or thing. In this meeting is born a moment of beauty, a celebration, but for this to happen, we’ve got to be there with quality.  It isn’t so much that the moment isn’t beautiful without us. Rather, the moment can’t bless us without us. We’ve got to be there with our souls, not just our bodies. It is the difference between being alive or dead to something.

Moments of beauty! They are every day. You’ve seen them. You’ve been in the heart of them. Magnificent as they seem at the time, they are only crumbs, pieces of the whole loaf.

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  1. Thank you for sharing! I’ve also been reading John O’Donohue who speaks of how “Beauty meets the needs of the soul…” Blessings on your journey, Erin, Bella Bleue

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  2. Nell

     /  May 16, 2012

    We had a lovely time listening to Macrina. Thank you for sharing and for remembering.

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  3. I doubt I would have remembered, Nell – had to search the books in my library and THEN I remembered (after reading it!) her name. So enjoyed that retreat – it was a real blessing – a peaceful and spiritual blessing.

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