“The world will never starve for wonders, but only for want of wonder.”-G.K. Chesterton
Wonder is something that is difficult to come by these days; however, God created us to wonder. In this technological world, we have become task oriented and “practically” minded. Many of us find the luxury of wondering as pointless and a waste of time, however it is the necessity of wonder that gives rise to newness of life. If you have you ever watch the growth of a child, you will see there is a constant sense of wonder that drives the growth.
In the midst of difficult transitions, either in our professional or personal lives, we can get through those times when we take the time to wonder and see a new way through the transition. Taking time to wonder gives refreshment to the mind and body and lowers our stress levels and preconceived notions. We need to wonder, wonder about new, innovative and compassionate ways to care and respond as a disciple of Christ. Wonder about envisioning our life and goals differently.
If our work seems more like drudgery, then it is time for us to wonder what the possibilities of this work might look like anew. If our home life does not inspire us, then we must engage and wonder about the gift of life that we share in common. We must take the time to dream a new dream and seek a new vision of the work and life that we are called to, we must wonder. If we fail to take time to wonder, then our work and home life withers and dies, we too, wither and die. If we wonder, then our work, our ministry and our lives are given the time to flourish and revitalize the life and ministry in our communities and our very selves.
The first document of the Second Vatican Council, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, paragraph 10 it states: “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time, it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows.” This profound statement of the work of the Liturgy, in particular, the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours, calls us to take the time to wonder. If we understood that for this sacramental principle of the source and font, to be alive and active in our lives as an organizing principle then I cannot help but think that we would make more time for the act of wondering. The first step toward adoration and action, is the act of wonder. As a Christian, I cannot help but think that wonder then is essential to what it means to living out the Christian life.
–What part of your life seems like drudgery and could use a boost?
–How can you build a sense of wonder in your daily life?
- VIDEO: Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany holds its annual Autumn Gathering (troyrecord.com)
- New: “The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton” (insightscoop.typepad.com)