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AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE

by Gerry McCarthy

On a recent Sunday night, my 13-year-old son and I looked across the southern waters of Georgian Bay in Ontario. It was a windy, cloudy, but unusually warm autumn evening. Sitting on top of an old aluminum boat that was resting on a beach, I mentioned to my son how small the earth seemed within the vastness of the universe.

     My son connected with my thoughts that evening. He replied by saying that Jupiter is 318 times the mass of the earth. It was astonishing to behold.

     At the risk of sounding sentimental, I think my son and I were intimately present to the natural world that evening. We both experienced a profound sense of awe at the mystery of God’s creation.

     As our conversation continued, we dwelled on the impending drive home (and the start of another week of routine tasks, school, and homework). Then my son mentioned that one day he wanted to build a house on Brebeuf Island, which is located on the waters of Georgian Bay. He
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