Reverence recognizes and honors the presence of the sacred in everything — our bodies, other people, animals, plants, rocks, the earth, and the waters. It is an appropriate stance since, if we believe all exists in the Holy Mystery that sustains the universe, nothing is too trivial for reverence. All that is has an essential goodness. Reverence is a kind of radical amazement, a deep feeling tinged with both mystery and wonder. Approaching the world with reverence, we are likely to experience awe. We can learn to allow ourselves the joy of being moved beyond words.
O God, how wonderful is your name throughout the earth!
View the world with reverence. Act in a way that neither abuses the earth, other living things or yourself.
Thou art worthy, O God, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.
O God, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all: the earth is full of your riches.
The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.
Let everything you touch be treated as if it were as precious as the altar vessels. Whenever you handle any equipment or any person, be reverent. Be full of care with everything entrusted to you. Everything you touch or see, everyone for whom you have responsibility, is to be viewed as something cherished by God, and thus to be cherished by you.
Nothing is insignificant, and everything worthy of respect and care. Nothing is second-class. What God has made is of value.
Spiritual sensitivity heightens when we know how to see, touch, and taste the physical world with exquisite reverence and contemplative discipline.
In reality, there is a single integral community of the Earth that includes all its component members whether human or other than human. In this community every being has its own role to fulfill, its own dignity, its own inner spontaneity. Every being has its own voice. Every being declares itself to the entire universe. Every being enters into communion with other beings.
Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth.
Eugene V. Debs
We must never permit the voice of humanity within us to be silenced. It is man’s sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man.
Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life.