Holy Mystery

Reflections on the Universe Story & Ecological Spirituality

Screen shot of online video series "Holy Mystery"

Featured Writers

  • Pope Francis
  • John O’Donoghue
  • Judy Cannato
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • Brian Swimme
  • Thomas Berry
  • Mary Southard CSJ
  • Niamh Brennan
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Episodes include: 

  • A Great Heart (John O’Donohue)
  • Be Amazed (Mary Southard CSJ)
  • Invisible Mystery (Celtic Wisdom)
  • Understanding Beauty (Pope Francis)
  • What We Need To Know (Niamh Brennan)

This online series of text and image reflections is inspired by Pope Francis’ call to contemplate creation, that we might discover God’s wishes and understand God’s manifestation as we gaze at the mystery of creation and learn to see ourselves in relation to all creatures (Laudato Si' 85).

These short 5–7 minute videos are aimed at awakening a deeper sense of wonder and awe at the mystery, creativity and sacredness of creation. They are an ideal resource for personal and/or group reflection on the mystery of the Universe Story and Ecological Spirituality, our interrelatedness to this mystery and how it speaks to our daily reality, our God-given responsibility as co-creators and caretakers of this earth and all within it.

Each video consists of a brief inspirational quotation drawn from scripture and prophetic writers on the Universe Story and Ecological Spirituality, with relevant images and music.

In this series, quite often the images are repeated two or three times, with various selections from the text. The purpose of this is to draw the viewer into a mantra type reflection rather than dispersing the focus with several different images. The hope is that the viewer will ponder the image as they do the text and come to a deeper more reflective appreciation than a fleeting glance can offer.

Following the text and image reflection, there are questions for further personal and/or group reflection, and a final prayer to conclude the video experience. These questions and final prayer are added as a supplement to the text and image reflection and may or may not be used depending on the viewer(s) time and/or the interest.

Sample Videos

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A Great Heart - John O'Donohue
Understanding Beauty - Pope Francis