On this feast day of Saint Benedict, the entry under "Creation" in Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.'s, lovely A Monk's Alphabet well reflects the Saint's vision:

The whole created world is already God's open and gracious communication of himself. One needn't go elsewhere or leave it behind in order to meet him. Our (inevitable) encounter with created realities is already our encounter with God.If, after that, God wishes also to communicate even more of himself somehow then, of course, it is his choice as to how. In fact what we see in Jesus is that God, using his creation as a foundation through which he continues to communicate, also does even more. The becoming flesh of the eternal Word is the model and pattern of his continually unfolding choice: God himself immediately present in his mediating creation. Recapitulating all things in heaven and on earth in Christ.Man gives voice to voiceless creation, but the Incarnate Word gives voice to voiceless man.

[With thanks to R.S.]

Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is a longtime Commonweal contributor.

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