A teacher asked her class to write down the Wonders of the World. Happily, the students set about their task. And, as you might suspect they chorused the following: The Great Wall of China, The Pyramids of Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Parthenon, Eiffel Tower, Sistine chapel. One girl seemed perplexed. The teacher asked if she was having trouble deciding. The child replied that her list was not like the rest of the class. Encouraged by the teacher she read the following:
The Wonders of the World are
Do we take these wonders for granted? Stop, think and reflect.
If you were blind, you would live in a world of darkness without the splendour and richness of colour. However, the blind person's sense of touch is enhanced as they use this sense to map the faces of their family and friends. They learn in another way. Without the sense of hearing, sight is sharpened, as you need to be aware of all that is happening around you. Without the senses of taste and smell food would be unimportant. Chinese food would be unknown. The world would lose an important and significant part of Chinese culture. All the sense help us to journey through life and discover the magnificent world we live in. But, love is the wonder that gives newness and vibrancy to our daily life. Love gives us new sight to the people we know and the friendships we have. Love makes the unhappy situations taste better. Love cradles the person in the mystery of God.
Sister Jeanne Houlihan