I am reading a wonderful book and spending a large amount of time praying for the courage to embrace what Father Thomas Berry is sharing in it. The following is what makes up the first two paragraphs of his book, The Dream of the Earth:
We are returning to our native place after a long absence, meeting once again with our kin in the earth community. For too long we have been away somewhere, entranced with our industrial world of wires and wheels, concrete and steel, and our unending highways, where we race back and forth in continual frenzy.
The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and glittering starts in the dark night heavens, the world of wind and rain, of meadow flowers and flowing streams, of hickory and oak and maple and spruce and pineland forests, the world of desert sand and prairie grasses, and within all this the eagle and the hawk, the mockingbird and the chickadee, the deer and the wolf and the salmon returning upstream to spawn-all this, the wilderness world.- Father Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth.