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Beautiful and Unchangeable

A moment of beauty and truth.

Still taking my online enrichment course on evolution and human dignity while also busy with the marketing of my book (gulp), this week’s reflection comes from St. Augustine. It’s a quote that I posted for my STEP class when we were asked to share how we may have experienced the divine in nature. My reply was like many of the others: beauty. St. Augustine said it best:

“Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea,

question the beauty of the air, amply spread around everywhere,

question the beauty of the sky, question the serried ranks of the stars,

question the sun making the day glorious with its bright beams,

question the moon tempering the darkness of the following night with its shining rays,

question the animals that move in the waters,

that amble about on dry land,

that fly in the air;

their souls hidden, their bodies evident;

the visible bodies needing to be controlled, the invisible souls controlling them;

question all these things.

They all answer you, ‘Here we are, look; we are beautiful.’

Their beauty is their confession. Who made these beautiful changeable things, if not one who is beautiful and unchangeable?”

from Sermons 241, on the occasion of Easter 411 A.D.

Through faith and reason we witness the seen and the unseen, the profound beauty of God’s creative love—love that never changes, never fails.

© 2020 Christina Chase

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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.

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