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.
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.
“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.