Reverence is the way of radical respect. It recognizes and honors the presence of the sacred in everything — our bodies, other people, animals, plants, rocks, the earth, and the waters. Nothing is too trivial or second class for reverence. Reverence is also a kind of radical amazement, a deep feeling tinged with both mystery and wonder. There is one unmistakable message in the spiritual practice of reverence: because everything is touched by the sacred, everything has worth.
Spirituality and Practice
Grant me, O God, the understanding of the sacredness of all things.
Become aware of your own attitude toward all, living and nonliving, and examine your sense of reverence. Who/what do you dismiss as unworthy of attention? Have you allowed your sense of wonder to wane?
Are not two sparrows worth only a small amount of money? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father knowing about it. Even the number of hairs on your head is known.
Nothing is insignificant, and everything worthy of respect and care. Nothing is second-class. What God has made is of value.
Paula D’Arcy in
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.
I know to love is to respect.
is the nature of my love.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Spiritual sensitivity heightens when we know how to see, touch, and taste the physical world with exquisite reverence and contemplative discipline.
The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
The eyes of a poet discover in each person a unique and irreplaceable humanity. While arrogant intellect seeks to control and manipulate the world, the poetic spirit bows with reverence before its mysteries.
By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
Not all is doom and gloom. We are beginning to understand the natural world and are gaining a reverence for life – all life.
Roger Tory Peterson