To be amazed means to behold the world and, like God after the sixth day of creation, to be able to say again or for the first time, "Look! How very good it all is!" . . .

The soul needs amazement, the repeated liberation from customs, viewpoints, and convictions, which, like layers of fat that make us untouchable and insensitive, accumulate around us. What appears obvious is that we need to be touched by the spirit of life and that without amazement and enthusiasm nothing new can begin.

Dorothee Soelle, The Silent Cry