I can’t believe I missed this little bit of very sad news last week. His obituary in the New York Times reads: Thomas Berry, a Roman Catholic priest who called himself a “geologian” and whose influential writings were an early call to humanity to save nature in order to save itself, died in his birthplace, Greensboro, N.C., on Monday (June 1). He was 94.
I remember reading his essay The Meadow Across the Creek when I was in high school, at a time when I was just barely beginning to articulate my own personal philosophy and nurturing what would soon become a very deep connection to the natural world – one that would impact everything from my choice of career to the car I drive.
I leave you with one of my favorite Thomas Berry quotes: We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can’t see the stars at night.