To See and Know

“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” – Wendell Berry


We live in a sacred universe, not a magical universe or a mechanistic universe. The universe is a sign and a sacrament of the source that generates and sustains it. We are immersed in the miraculous gift of reality itself, but we often fail to see it and know it. We often fail to accept what is being offered.

In our time, we have discovered things that generations before us yearned to see and know. We have unlocked the secrets of the physical universe, the inner workings of life on earth, and the very nature of time and space. Yet, despite all of this, in the process of our great discoveries we have denied the hidden source of all we see and know, and have thus reduced the universe and each other to a mechanical process. Our greatest success has also been our greatest failure.

How can we see something so clearly and still miss it? How can we know something so intimately and still not understand it? None are more blind than those who will not see. None are more cruel than those who refuse to know.

“In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the infinite we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.” – Carl Gustav Jung

A Prayer: This day, and every day, keep me from the cruelty of refusing to see and know the infinite embodied in the people, places, and things around me. Help me to see and know the gift that is being offered.

4 thoughts on “To See and Know

  1. When I think of the immense universe it blows my mind. Where is the end and what is on the other side? I then have to pull back and be thankful that I am here in God’s grace in a very small area of time and space.


  2. The paradox is in refusing to know we do as much violence or maybe even more to ourselves and then
    wonder why things backfire on us. I have learned when this happens I get accurate feedback on what not to do again.


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