Looking out for miracles

SOME things that happen in this world are from out of this world.
And sometimes we fail to notice the miracles that are in our life; the everyday miracles.
I believe it’s a miracle that we are alive today.

Author Barbara Brown Taylor believes that we can find moments of spiritual inspiration in everyday tasks, such as hanging up clothes or making eye contact with a worker at the supermarket.
“A lot of people I talk to, whether they call themselves spiritual or religious, talked about faith as if it didn’t have much to do with their real lives,” Taylor said.

Taylor blurs the lines of sacred and secular, suggesting that almost no task is without a divine moment.

Taylor said that she worries that virtual realities, the conveniences of modern communication, may be overtaking actual reality.
“I don’t want to get rid of those tools, I just know that every time I buy one, I get fascinated with a little screen,” she said.
She makes a call for slowing down and finding meaning in the daily tasks of life and suggests making more time for being and less time for doing.

“Every religious tradition I know anything about has stopping in it somewhere, whether it’s called Sabbath, meditation or prayer,” she said. “All these accumulated traditions seem to understand that when you’re moving quickly, most your life is either in the past or the future. Life becomes the scenery zipping past on my way to being late to the next task.”

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3 thoughts on “Looking out for miracles

  1. Again I am reminded of being told that an important aspect of God was “Our-relationship-with-others.”

    And I come back too, to the Bible. Of course it’s necessary to Christian belief, it’s our main source of Christian history and belief, even though faulty. Idolising it is what I think we could do without. Reading a link on bibliolatory supplied by Monica, I noticed it says that the Bible, based on what it says about itself, must be a higher authority than anything else.

    “Based on what is says about itself!”

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    • Strewth and Monica,

      Some years back in one of my lectures, I went into this matter of the word Bibliolatry, and covered what it all meant. I rather expect that Kathleen will know all about this, but non-Catholics probably dont.

      The word referred to in the latter two syllables is LATRIA. This is the term for that degree of worship and reverence which is of the highest order and may only be applied to the God, and no one else. The appropriate and parallel word for reverence and indeed for ‘worship’ towards anyone else is DULIA. So towards all creatures on earth you are entitled to apply Dulia when appropriate. (notice in the Marriage Ceremony, the words often used to include “with my body, I thee worship”. Also we address a Mayor and certain other officials as Your Worship. Within Freemasonry, the Master is addressed or described as Worshipful Master. of course in these cases it bears no religious weighting.)

      However, though I said there that Dulia may be applied to all beings other than the God, I must point out that there is one exception within Catholicism. Early in the piece, the Catholic hierarchy realized in their wisdom that Dulia was simply not suitable or sufficient for application to the Virgin Mary. And so they coined the phrase ‘HYPER-DULIA’ which applies to worship suitably directed at her and her alone. Though the Blessed Virgin Mary is not and may never be regarded or treated as God (or Goddess) she is still regarded and described in the literature and devotions of Catholicism, as the highest created being in the scale of things. In fact the Church makes it plain that it is simply not possible for mortal man to praise and laud her as highly as she deserves.

      Coming back to this matter of Latria. As was pointed out, if one treated or regarded the Bible as being god or equal to God, that degree of reverence would be described as Bibliolatry (or Biblio-latria). If one improperly and blasphemously treated or regarded Mary as ultimately divine, then it would be an approach of Mary-o-latria, or Mariolatry. (that is what ignorant Protestants often accuse Catholics as doing.) If one revered the Angels as ultimately divine, then it would be a case of Angel-o-latria, or Angelolatry. (or some similar word’.)

      Interesting stuff, and usually hard for non-Catholics to come to terms with.
      cheers, Rian.

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  2. That happens to me quite a lot:- ” find moments of spiritual inspiration in everyday tasks,”, and adds the condiments that make life that little bit more than worthwhile.

    But I see no need to attribute such moments to anything other than another insight constantly offered by ‘life’ and the universe.
    …..no “divine moment” required.

    Anyone with the ability to truly observe a dog ~ or any other animal for that ~ will see such moments occurring all the time.

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