Radical amazement

How blessed we are to be in a position to respond to the challenge of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:

Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement, to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.

As we live each day may we find regular times for moments of reflection during which we can name and give thanks for our moments of radical amazement. They may be experiences of reconciliation or the mysteries of the night sky; uplifting symphonies or the morning songs of birds; creative insights or reassuring words. Everything is gift. Say thank you.

It is gratitude that transforms us, broadens our perspective, strengthens us and makes us more resilient in the face of difficulties. Reflecting on the goodness we experience moves us to share our blessings with others. Gratitude helps us to see how interconnected all life is. Even the smallest acts of kindness affect those around us.

Gratitude reminds us that we are not self-made or self-sufficient. Each part is part of each other part. We are indeed all part of one another and of all creation. Radical amazement!

As Fr. Ron Rolheiser reminds us, “To be a saint is to be fueled by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less.”

"Live in harmony, united together in one heart and one will."