A Sense of Awe: science, faith and wonder
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Brief notes: More on wonder and “Beauty as a way to God”

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Thanks Margaret for links to a couple of pieces on wonder from Commonweal Magazine:

Joseph A. Komonchak comments on a meditation by Pope Benedict which speaks of art and transcendence. Here’s an excerpt from the Pope’s meditation which is called “On beauty as a way to God”:

Perhaps it has happened to you at one time or another — before a sculpture, a painting, a few verses of poetry or a piece of music — to have experienced deep emotion, a sense of joy, to have perceived clearly, that is, that before you there stood not only matter — a piece of marble or bronze, a painted canvas, an ensemble of letters or a combination of sounds — but something far greater, something that “speaks,” something capable of touching the heart, of communicating a message, of elevating the soul.

And Scott D. Moringiello starts off another piece:

All philosophy begins in wonder, Socrates tells us, and it is a mark of the greatest forms of human enquiry – from Homer to Heisenberg – that they increase our sense of wonder at the universe (or multiverse, if you must) and our place in it.

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  1. Ana Brandao says:

    Hi Chris,

    My spiritual teacher always says ‘to be inspired is to be IN-SPIRIT’. Loved the meditation by Pope Benedict, and funnily enough I was writing an article on the importance of home altars, googled ‘awe’ and found this article. As an ex-scientist, and now meditation teacher, I am really looking forward to more articles/notes and to the program in November.
    Keep them coming!
    rgds,
    Ana

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