Seven centuries ago (1347) the Christian mystic, St. Catherine of Siena was born.
When she was six years old she had her first vision experience of the risen Lord.
She devoted her short adult life of 33 years to serving the sick and desperately poor.
Her writings include a book (The Dialogue) and many poems.
St. Catherine saw the totality of God’s creation as consecrated, or in other words, holy.
In her poem, Consecrated, she boldly critiques the male hierarchy of priests.
Here’s that poem:
All has been consecrated.
The creatures in the forest know this,
the earth does,
the seas do,
the clouds know,
as does the heart full of love.
Strange a priest would rob us of this knowledge,
and then empower himself with the ability
to make holy
what already was.
God created all things to be holy.
Everything we see in this world is holy; every person on this planet,
every animal, insect, fish, and bird.
Also…everything that humans have made was crafted from holy material.
As we continue our journey through Advent, let us also consider these days as holy;
even our time and what we do with it is holy.
And truly, whatever is holy is precious beyond price.
May God give us eyes to see, and wisdom to know, that everything is holy. Amen.
- Gil Healy