Sunday, 25 April 2010

Reflection at Scottish Parliament

My good friend and Jesuit priest Fr Chris Boles SJ (Lauriston Jesuit Centre, Edinburgh) gave a reflection to the Scottish Parliament last week (see link to view it at end of blog). It is lovely and his message so important. He quotes from a poem called Inversnaid by Gerard Manley Hopkins, also a Jesuit priest:

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Photo by James Broscombe

He also quotes from John Muir, the Scottish born naturalist and conservationsist who brought together spirituality and nature in such an inspiring way. John Muir is responsible for the setting uo of the US National Parks. He is acclaimed in the US but not so well known here, but the John Muir Trust does great work in his name.


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