FATHER CHARLES BRANDT – MEDITATIONS FROM THE WILDERNESS & SOLAR SUNDAY
~ the Brandt Series ~
“Photographs give me the opportunity to show people what’s out there. You have to fall in love with the natural world to want to care for it.”
Text and photos by Fr. Charles Brandt (except where noted)
Red Elderberry with Rufous Hummingbird
& 60,000 Pink Salmon return to the Recovering Tsolum River in 2013
Meditations from the Wilderness ~ (part two)
~ by Charles A.E. Brandt ~
Historically we have gone to the wilderness for different reasons. The early rishis went into the forest to offer sacrifice and to live in harmony with the universe.
The early Christian hermits in the third and fourth centuries went into the desert of the Scete to practice perfect charity and constant prayer. Henry David Thoreau went to Walden Pond to find out what life was all about. Tom Merton went into the wilderness of Gethsemane to fulfill his need for solitude and to live a responsible “care-free” life.
Aldo Leopold, the father of North American ecology, discovered in the Sand County of Wisconsin that he could no longer pose as one with control over nature, and that he was simply a member of the biotic community. As he underwent his conversion, he began to ‘think like a mountain.” (Click this link for a short video of Fr. Brandt speaking about Aldo Leopold)
In our own day, Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme give us guidance through their “Universe Story,” the wilderness of the universe. They make it clear that if we grasp this “New Story” we must first enter into communion with the natural world.
We must come to realize that the natural world is a community of subjects to be communed with, not a collection of objects to be exploited. To do this, I believe, requires a transformation of consciousness. We must give birth to our deep, true self that lies awakened. Indeed the greatest thing we can do for the earth and for the universe is to become who we are…
Painting by.Sr. Mary Southard
If we are to move into a meaningful sustainable future, it is necessary to bring the human community into a greater presence of the natural world in a mutually enhancing manner to form a single sacred community, as we once again establish a relationship of communion with the natural world.
Charles A.E. Brandt
One more thought for a Solar Sunday. . .
“I greet the sun each morning just by reflecting for just a moment on the vastness of the sun, a million times the size of the Earth, in bestowing all this energy. And just in that moment, I remember that we are spinning around the star, and it’s because of the star’s energy that we exist. So that we are this star in a new form. And by doing that I remember my cosmological dimension. And it puts everything in perspective for the whole day.”
~ Brian Swimme ~
Image from Journey of the Universe – Brian Swimme
Embrace Sun Day
and this Earth Day