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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WARBLERS AS PROOF OF GOD'S EXISTENCE

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I heard of a boy who was brought up as an atheist.
He changed his mind when he saw that there were a
hundred-odd species of warblers, each bedecked like to
the rainbow, and each performing yearly sundry thousands
of miles of migration about which scientists wrote wisely but
did not understand. 
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No "fortuitous concourse of elements" working blindly
through any number of millions of years could quite account
for why warblers are so beautiful.  No mechanistic theory, even
bolstered by mutations, has ever quite answered for the colors of the cerulean warbler, or the vespers of the wood thrush,
or the swansong, or - goose music.
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I dare say this boy's convictions would be harder to shake
than those of many inductive theologians.  There are yet many
boys to be born who, like Isaiah, "may see, and know, and
consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord
hath done this."  But where shall they see, and know,
and consider?  In museums?
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Aldo Leopold (1887-1948)
American Author, Scientist, Environmentalist
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St. Francis Preaches to the Birds 

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Father Francis and his companions were making a trip through the Spoleto Valley near the town of Bevagna. Suddenly, Francis spotted a great number of birds of all varieties. There were doves, crows and all sorts of birds. Swept up in the moment, Francis left his friends in the road and ran after the birds, who patiently waited for him. He greeted them in his usual way, expecting them to scurry off into the air as he spoke. But they moved not.


Filled with awe, he asked them if they would stay awhile and listen to the Word of God. He said to them: “My brother and sister birds, you should praise your Creator and always love him: He gave you feathers for clothes, wings to fly and all other things that you need. It is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home in thin, pure air. Without sowing or reaping, you receive God’s guidance and protection.”


At this the birds began to spread their wings, stretch their necks and gaze at Francis, rejoicing and praising God in a wonderful way according to their nature. Francis then walked right through the middle of them, turned around and came back, touching their heads and bodies with his tunic.
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Then he gave them his blessing, making the sign of the cross over them. At that they flew off and Francis, rejoicing and giving thanks to God, went on his way.


Later, Francis wondered aloud to his companions why he had never preached to birds before. And from that day on, Francis made it his habit to solicitously invoke all birds, all animals and reptiles to praise and love their Creator. And many times during Francis’ life there were remarkable events of Francis speaking to the animals. There was even a time when St. Francis quieted a flock of noisy birds that were interrupting a religious ceremony! Much to the wonder of all present, the birds remained quiet until Francis’ sermon was complete.
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From http://www.americancatholic.org/
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1 comment:

Lee said...

What a lovely page!!! Just great ! I didn't want it to end. Thank You.