During my three year seminary education in New York City a few years ago, I had the great good fortune to spend a summer working as a seminarian at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. The stunning beauty of this massive cathedral literally takes one's breath away. I will never forget that summer's experience. It was almost as if I had been given a peek into the Kingdom of Heaven. I feel deeply blessed to have been given the summer weeks to walk the cloister walks of the Cathedral, spend holy prayer time in the magnificent nave, explore the various side chapels off the apse, and soak in the holiness of that enormous space.
But today, as I was walking once more down our gentle l-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g driveway, canopied by the green boughs of great towering old oaks and punctuated by all sorts of Nature's surprises, I was reminded yet again of the "sacrament of the present moment" (to quote Jean-
Pierre de Caussade), the holiness of all God's creation, and the great gift of just being alive.
"Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us.... "
Eucharistic Prayer C, p. 372, Book of Common Prayer.