Dear San Domenico,
With the arrival of spring we are reminded of all the beautiful life that surrounds us - trees and flowers, birds and butterflies.
The important thing is that we are part of life. We are born of other lives; we possess the capacities to bring still other lives into existence. In the same way, if we look in a microscope we see cell producing cell. So nature compels us to recognize the fact of mutual dependence, each life necessarily helping the other lives, which are linked to it. In the very fibers of our being, we bear within ourselves the fact of the solidarity of life.
The deeper we look into nature, the more that we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know we are united with all life in nature. We can no longer live for ourselves alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship to the universe.
- Albert Schweitzer
Have a wonderful week!
Director of Philosophy, Ethics, and World Religions