We have had a good old-fashioned winter. Our younger Minnesotans may not remember this—but we older ones were used to 20 and 30 below temperatures when we were growing up. We didn’t talk much about wind chills then. But the BEAUTY of all this snow is a meditation. The sculptures, the whiteness, shadows, layers covering trees and sheds can awaken our sense of wonder and imagination. This fresh, new beauty opens our eyes like children to wonder at the amazing transformation of the natural reality around us. Can a rebirth of wonder heal us from our sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial and disenchanting in today’s technological world? Rachel Carson, one of the first to sound an alarm about the state of our environment, thought so in her book, The Sense of Wonder, first published in 1956. So let wonder reign!
by Owen Lindblad, OSB