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December 6, 2023: It Begins with Awe and what I own is a trifle. What I face is sublime. (And RSVP)

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

What I own is a trifle, what I face is sublime. I am careful not to waste what I own; I must learn not to miss what I face.


The world presents itself in two ways to me.

- The world as a thing I own,

- The world as a mystery I face.


What I own is a trifle, what I face is sublime. I am careful not to waste what I own; I must learn not to miss what I face.


We manipulate what is available on the surface of the world; we must also stand in awe before the mystery of the world. We objectify Being but we also are present at Being in wonder, in radical amazement.


All we have is a sense of awe and radical amazement in the face of a mystery that staggers our ability to sense it….


Awe is more than an emotion; it is a way of understanding, insight into a meaning greater than ourselves. The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe.


Awe is an intuition for the dignity of all things, a realization that things not only are what they are but also stand, however remotely, for something supreme. Awe is a sense for the … mystery beyond all things. It enables us … to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal. What we cannot comprehend by analysis, we become aware of in awe.


Faith is not belief, an assent to a proposition; faith is attachment to transcendence, to the meaning beyond the mystery.


Knowledge is fostered by curiosity; wisdom is fostered by awe. Awe precedes faith; it is the root of faith. We must be guided by awe to be worthy of faith.


Sunday RSVP to Marcie or Alice

for our Emmaus Celebration please...


Marcie and Alice, our celebrants are planning something special for this Sunday's liturgy. And they'd appreciate it very much if we RSVP via text, email or phone call so they can get a count of folks who will attend. If you do call and they don't answer please leave a message and RSVP.


RSVP to Alice:

Alice's Phone: (707) 217-0514


RSVP to Marcie:

Email: marciedahlen@me.com

Marcie's Phone: (303) 330-2804


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