Sacramental ontology—wisdom from Thomas Traherne

Who was it that said that seventeenth-century poets from Hereforshire (England) have nothing worth saying? Let them sit dumbfounded before the inspirational words of the Anglican priest and poet Thomas Traherne (1637–74):

Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.

This is a view predicated on a highly sacramental ontology, an appreciation of the heavenly dimensions of "mundane" earthly reality. I love it.


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