Ordinary Splendour

August 27, 2007

The Japanese have a term for something that is old and full of soul.

Wabi refers to aged and imperfect items that have a weathered or worn patina.

Ordinary things like an old teapot or a weathered wood fence have a value and nurture the soul in ways that slick new mass-produced things do not.

Rustic handmade pottery, an old garden gate, or well-worn but still comfortable shoes all carry an ordinary splendour.

Ordinary splendour is found in people, as well as in things. Where some people may see wrinkles and old age, you can choose to see the beauty of an ordinary person reflecting the splendour of God.

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Painting: “Looking at the Young Fillies” by Aldo Luongo