The sacred is that which evokes the depths of wonder. We may know some things, but really we know only the shadows of things.
“What do you see? What do you see when you look up at the sky at night, at the blazing stars against the midnight heavens? What do you see when the dawn breaks over the eastern horizon? What are your thoughts in the fading days of summer as the birds depart on their southward journey, or in the autumn when the leaves turn brown and are blown away? What are your thoughts as you look out over the ocean in the evening? What do you see?
“Many earlier peoples saw in these natural phenomena a world beyond ephemeral appearance, an abiding world, a world imaged forth in the wonders of the sun and clouds by day and the stars and planets by night, a world that enfolded the human in some profound manner. The other world was guardian, teacher, healer ― the source from which humans were born, nourished, protected, guided, and the destiny to which we returned.”
Read the full excerpt of Thomas Berry’s essay on the wonder of the sacred….