Song du Jour

Song du Jour

Benedictine Thoughts, Teachings, and Prayers

In the Wonder of it All

October 15, 2012


The wonder of space and its infinite glory of what God has made and what he can do.




 There are only two ways to live your life.

        One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.
                                                                                                          - Albert Einstein


Some of us are always looking back in time, others may be at a standstill, and yet others may be on a quest for something…always seeking. They are not sure of what it is exactly they are looking for, but they are filled with awe, curiosity, zeal, excitement, motivation, astonishment, amazement, marvel, imagination and WONDER. Not only are they curiosity seekers but WONDERERS.


We wonder about so many things which sometimes could lead to worrying. But in wondering, we sometimes are staring up into another realm rather than seeing what is on Earth. In this particular moment, our minds, bodies, and spirits have taken flight to another stratosphere where there is a vast sea of space. What do we see? What is God revealing to us? What does he want us to know? Do we see color, shapes, abstractness, realisms, messages, or visions? In our special relationship of time and space, we are given from above, a sense of openness that is ready to speak to our minds and hearts. It is as though we are being transported in a spiritual aircraft that will elevate us above the clouds so that we can listen more intently with all of our senses to the message that we are about to hear.


 Joan Chittister,OSB wrote a book entitled, Monastery of the Heart, she says, “There is a magnet- is a seeker’s heart whose true north is God. It bends toward the Voice of God, with the ear of your heart and, like the sunflowers in the sun, turns all of life toward the living of the Word.”


Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, wrote a book entitled, Seasons of Your Heart where she asks us to “take off our shoes” and feel this sense of wonder.


Edward Hays, wrote a book entitled, A Book of Wonders: Daily Reflections for Awakened Living suggests that “we walk through the kingdom of surprises which is our daily round.” He uses the term from one of Lily Tomlin’s skits whereby Hays suggests that we are challenged to try awe-aerobics. He also says, “Cleanse my eyes, blinded by age, to see the marvels all around me, so with clean new eyes I can see my daily world is a wonderment.”


Sam Keen’s own term, “wonderosity” suggests that “the fountain of wonder and curiosity resides in us all.”


D. H. Lawrence once wrote: “The sense of wonder; is our sixth sense and it is a natural religious sense.”


And finally, in John O’Donohue’s book, To Bless the Space Between Us, is a quote from one of his poems: “For the Traveler”: “When you travel, a new silence goes with you, and if you listen, you will hear what your heart would love to say.”


I, myself, am always in awe when something new is revealed to me that never came to mind in the past. So in our relationship with time and space, let us pray that we make time to be sky-gazers, stargazers, and wonderers all in the name of the Holy Trinity.


My song du jour is: How Great Thou Art.


How great Thou Art

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!



“That in all things,God may be glorified.”

Sr. Jo-El McLaughlin, OSB

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