Every Tree is Full of Angels


“Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb.”

― Macrina Wiederkehr

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Wiederkehr, Macrina, OSB. A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary. New York: HarperOne, 2009.

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  1. That word “ordinary” is something we should use carefully, isn’t it. On the one hand it’s good to have ordinary things in our lives because we would never be able to process everything we encounter as new and unique. Familiarity helps move things along nicely.
    On the other hand in our complex fast-paced world there’s always a danger that we will miss the things that are truly remarkable. Just yesterday evening while out for a walk I was listening to a podcast on some ideas of aesthetics. Part of it is actively noticing things and the speaker mused whether Moses would have noticed the fabled burning bush is hes been whipping along the highway in his SUV listening to the radio and maybe even (stupidly) paying attention to his smartphone.
    BTW–the new picture is nice.

    1. I think that’s what Wiederkehr is saying in her quote, though, isn’t it. That even the ordinary contains extraordinary? But I will agree with you, it’s very easy to miss remarkable things if we’re not paying attention. I’ve been doing a gratitude ritual at the end of every day – just noting all of the things for which I can be thankful for. If I didn’t take that time, I wonder how many of the “ordinary” blessings in a day I might miss?

      Glad you like the new picture – I’m still getting used to my face with perpetual glasses. : )

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