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Abraham Joshua Heschel


This evocation of awe makes us enter into the sacred space of belonging in such a way that we ask ourself if belonging remains possible out of this space. Heschel is another author who, like Wendell Berry, Jean Vanier and so many others see a link between the transcendent worth of the universe and of the human beeing.


“Awe is a way of being in rapport with the mystery of all reality. The awe that we sense or ought to sense when standing in the presence of a human being is a moment of intuition for the likeness of God which is concealed in his essence. Not only man; even inanimate things stand in a relation to the Creator. The secret of every being is the divine care and concern that are invested in it. Something sacred is at stake in every event….
There is only one way to wisdom: awe. Forfeit your sense of awe, let your conceit diminish your ability to revere, and the universe becomes a market place for you. The loss of awe is the great block to insight.… The greatest insights happen to us in moments of awe…. Awe is more than a feeling. It is an answer of the heart and mind to the presence of mystery in all things, an intuition for a meaning that is beyond the mystery, an awareness of the transcendent worth of the universe.” Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man, New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1955, pp. 74, 78, 106



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