In reading a book by Ronald Rolheiser, I came across a comment made by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that the earth was ablaze with the fire of God, but only those who take off their shoes see it, the rest are picking blackberries. These words echo God's words to Moses in the burning bush: "Take your shoes off because the ground you are standing on is holy."
In today's world of busyness, not all of it essential, we forget a basic truth of the holiness of the earth and people. Yes, Greenpeace and other organizations for conservation do remind us to be careful, but they miss the sacredness, the holiness.
WE need to stop, to wonder and to ponder the rain splashing, the sun burning bright, the landscapes, the paintings, the buildings, the beauty of people of colour, ideas that come forth from children, teenagers and adults. The sacredness of all life is ours to behold.
As I leave Maryknoll Convent School, I wish each of you the passion needed to recognize the holiness around you.
Sister Jeanne Houlihan