My thoughts have recently been drawn to the concept of order — and the fact that there is a sense of peace and tranquility that flows from order in its various forms.
Consider a symphony orchestra performing a work by Beethoven, a concerto by Mozart or an opera by Verdi. The beauty, the elegance and the sheer perfection of more than 100 musicians, each fulfilling their role together with the other members of the orchestra, is a gift of beauty resulting from the order demanded by the composer.
At a more mundane level, consider the ordered movement of motor vehicles as they traverse the highways and byways, moving on green and stopping on red.
While such basic order, mere traffic flow, is taken for granted as we make our daily commute or drive to fulfill our various responsibilities, it is, nevertheless, the product of the interaction among individuals who acknowledge right order in following the rules of the road.
While such activities — predicated upon the mutual respect of others — are common all around us, such details of daily life pale in comparison to the natural order that God has set in motion (and holds in motion).
No right-thinking person can deny the unfathomable order of the universe with its myriad stars, constellations and planets — not to mention the order that frames the countless other examples of creation.
And we know that God’s highest form of creation is man, created in his own image. Human life — with its unique attributes of free will and intelligence, billions of unrepeatable individual human persons since the beginning of time — is a miraculous gift.
However, the beauty of order in all of its various forms and dimensions resides in the trust between a good and loving God and His creatures. Such is the essence of Divine Mercy — Jesus, I trust in you!
My prayer is that the generosity of God who creates order in all that is true, good and beautiful will insert itself into the lives of His sons and daughters, thereby fostering trust in our relationships, with those for whom we bear responsibility — our employees, our clients and most importantly the members of our families.
The state of the culture in the early years of the 21st century cries out for each of us to live order courageously and to trust eternally.
JOHN HUNT is Legatus’ executive director. He and his wife Kathie are charter members of Legatus’ Chicago Chapter.