Friday 3 May 2013

Wonder


And finally, a final word from Vernet, on the final excursion of the year:
Wonder is the capacity for surprise, a sense of astonishment, of admiration, of beauty.
It is the capacity for being impressed, a breath of the spirit.
“If you don’t wonder at anything, you are already an old man.” (Plato)
Wonder is the capacity for newness and change.
A spirit open to wonder clothes the entire universe with newness.
A spirit open to wonder possess eternal youth and splendor of spirit, that is a miracle of the human heart discovering behind the marvels of the universe the beauty and goodness of the Creator.
Jesus had a deep sense of wonder.
Wonder is a source of joy, of satisfaction of happiness, of sharing beautiful things, that can last time and time again and make many others happy.
“I thank God for having made me able to enjoy beauty in such a marvelous manner.” (Gustave Flaubert after a journey on the Nile) 
Vernet's gentle way of making a gentle point. 

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