Awe is deep respect and reverence for the Source of life. It is humility and wonder before the power of God. Contemplating life’s beauty and mystery leads us to communion. Reflecting on our place in the universe, we seem small and insignificant, yet it is awe-inspiring to realize that no one else on earth is just like us. Each of us has a unique potential for reflecting the Divine virtues in our souls. We awaken them by choosing to live them. When we practice awe, we are alert to the signs and wonders placed in our path. We open ourselves to Grace.


The highest point a man can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe!

— Nikos Kazantzakis

 The Practice of Awe

  • I am humble before the power of the Creator.
  • I take time to contemplate and commune.
  • I am aware of the sacredness of life.
  • I cultivate the Divine virtues in my nature.
  • I discern the signs and synchoronicities of life.
  • I deepen my connection to Grace.
Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™. 

In Family Life

The virtue of awe within a family is demonstrated through a shared sense of wonder and reverence for the world around them. It manifests in how family members come together to appreciate life’s small and profound moments, from watching a vibrant sunset to marveling at the intricate beauty of nature.

Awe in a family is evident when they encourage each other to explore new horizons, learn about different cultures, and embrace diverse perspectives, fostering a deep respect for the vastness of human experience. It’s also reflected in their ability to maintain a sense of humility and gratitude, realizing the privilege of their familial bonds and the joy of each day spent together. Ultimately, awe within a family nurtures a culture of appreciation, curiosity, and a profound connection to the awe-inspiring world they navigate together.

Balancing Awe

To maintain a healthy balance of awe, it is essential to cultivate other virtues that complement and balance it:

      • Humility: Humility helps prevent awe from becoming overwhelming. It allows individuals to acknowledge their smallness and insignificance while maintaining a sense of self-worth and dignity. Humility encourages a balanced perspective on one’s place in the universe.
      • Gratitude: Gratitude goes hand in hand with awe. It reminds individuals to be thankful for the beauty and blessings in their lives, fostering a deeper sense of connection to the Source of life.
      • Compassion: Awe should inspire compassion for all living beings. When we recognize the Divine in ourselves, we see it in others. Compassion helps us treat others with kindness and understanding, nurturing a sense of communion and unity.
      • Self-awareness: Self-awareness enables individuals to recognize the signs and wonders in their path and open themselves to Grace. It allows for a mindful appreciation of life’s beauty and mystery without becoming consumed.

Awe is a virtue that, when balanced, can lead to a profound and enriching spiritual experience. Cultivating these other virtues can help individuals maintain a healthy sense of awe while navigating the complexities of life with grace and purpose.