Why “Miracle”?

 

The Latin root of the word miracle is the noun miraculum, which is an “object of wonder.” We consider nature itself to be miraculous … an improbable and incredible creation of which we are a part. We believe that one cannot look deeply at any aspect of nature without becoming aware of its extraordinary quality of being.

In religious circles, a miracle is an event that is contrary to the laws of nature. In common usage, a miracle is anything that is perceived as amazing and unexpected. We consider nature to be thoroughly infused with the miraculous, a miracle in and of itself, which we can touch and feel and be uplifted by, if we but open ourselves to its wonders.

A wildflower unfolding in the forest, a songbird fluting from a treetop, a snail gliding across a leaf … are these not amazing to behold, commonplace yet astonishing “miracles” that elevate and enrich our lives?

“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky,
white clouds, green leaves, the curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes … all is a miracle.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Comments

  1. Sara Harrison says:

    Thank you for reminding us of the true miracles all around us – every day! Some of us find our religion in nature. Years ago when I was reading Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, I was so moved and inspired by his simple… yet great wisdom. I will never forget reading about how the very paper the book was printed with had been touched, as a tree, by rays of sunlight – and not to worry because “the dandelion wears my smile”. Anyway, I’m bowled over by the new site and will visit often. It’s all so wonderful I probably will just “fall over”. ;o)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.