Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Christmas, if it is anything, is time of awe. So is Epiphany - that season which is fast approaching. Here's something about awe that I think is utterly beautiful:

Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.

-- Abraham Joshua Heschel

(The image, from Wikimedia Commons, is a detail from a Leonardo da Vinci painting.)


  1. It IS utterly beautiful Ellie...thank you so very much for posting it.
    annie c

  2. The citation is nicely matched by the art. I thought I recognized the painting from our visits to the Hermitage and clicked to verify. We spent time noting how utterly rapt the Christ Child is in the flowers his mother gave him (Cruciferae, no less). She, in turn, gazes so lovingly at her child (you may take my word on this part). Both are rapt (intimations of the divine?).

    Thank you again.


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