We’re in the midst of ugly division and protests over the George Zimmerman trial, over laws dealing with immigration, and over America’s surveillance programs, here and abroad.
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Now at the Creation, man was made fit for the repose of contemplation, and therefore God placed him in a paradise of delight [Gen., 2, 16]. But turning himself away from the true light to mutable goods, he was bent over by his own sin, and the whole human race by original sin, which doubly infected human nature, ignorance infecting man's mind and concupiscence his flesh. Hence man, blinded and bent, sits in the shadows and does not see the light of heaven unless grace with justice succor him from concupiscence, and knowledge with wisdom against ignorance. All of which is done through Jesus Christ, Who of God is made unto us wisdom and justice and sanctification and redemption [I Cor., 1, 30] (Itinerarium 7)
There shine forth, however, the Creator's supreme power and wisdom and benevolence in created things …(Itinerarium 10)
From these visible things, therefore, one mounts to considering the power and wisdom and goodness of God as being, living, and understanding; purely spiritual and incorruptible and immutable ... (Itinerarium 13)
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Even lichen—this simple and lovely duet of life—shows off God’s supreme power and wisdom. Its existence on wet wooden posts, rocks, and trees can (if we pay attention) teach us about cooperation and humility and much else.
All we need do is ponder whatever nature has to show us as we journey toward the peaceful unity that God wishes for us all.