The fruit of study

Finding God in the created world is one of the themes in Celtic spirituality.

According to Shirley Toulson, in The Celtic Year, St. Ninian – whose feast is celebrated today – was supposed to have said the the fruit of study was “To perceive the eternal word of God reflected in every plant and insect, every bird and animal, every man and woman.”

Such a God-present view of study would profit us today as study is often oriented to profit and sometimes results in treating nature and persons as mere commodities.

This is also the vision of the British poet and critic of industrialization, William Blake:

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

A worthy thought for today.



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