Grandeur of God / Beauty of the Earth
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
- Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
To stay in one place and watch the seasons come and go is tantamount to constant travel: One is traveling with the earth.
- Marguerite Yourcenar
Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
- Rachel Carson
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
- Alice Walker
For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1
God decides the number of stars and gives them all their names.
- Psalm 147:4
As Kingfishers Catch Fire
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same;
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves -- goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.
I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is --
Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.
-Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.