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Out of Wonder

The Evolving Story of The Universe

Author(s): Nellie McLaughlin

ISBN13: 9781847307699

ISBN10: 1847307698

Publisher: Veritas Publications (14 November 2016)

Extent: 220 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 21 x 14 x 2 cm

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  • In Out of Wonder, Nellie McLaughlin takes the reader on a journey through life in the universe, from its initial ‘flaring forth’ to the present day. In so doing, she presents a passionately argued case for the need to live in harmony with the earth, which has supported life for aeons. This updated edition includes a new foreword in which the author explores the context of her work in the light of the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on the environment.


    ‘When the winter storms chill the inside of our windows as well as the outside, cloaking the world in mystery, I love to blow a tiny hole with my warm breath and peep – not knowing whether in or out – glimpsing the snowflakes feathering the trees. This book is a story, a peephole, as it were, into deep space and time.


    Where were you when the stars exploded in twinkling brilliance or when the first delicate stirrings of life moved in the waters? Out of Wonder holds out a message of hope. It invites the reader to be awestruck by the thirteen billion-year evolutionary story. We are all one within the community of creation, each being a unique revelation of the divine.


    The human is the being in whom the universe becomes self-consciously aware. This is both a privilege and a responsibility. May the wonder of this amazing story inspire us to acknowledge and celebrate our interconnectedness as the community of the universe.’

  • Nellie McLaughlin

    Nellie McLaughlin, a native of Inishowen, Co. Donegal, is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Northern Province, Ireland. A founding member of The Green Sod Land Trust, she is particularly interested in the areas of cosmology, ecology and creation spirituality. Her most recent work for Veritas is Life's Delicate Balance: Our Common Home & Laudato Si'

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    'Out of Wonder [‘s] ... range and poetic energy are remarkable, and as eager as any New Age testament to celebrate ‘the oneness of all’. Sister Nellie’s sense of relatedness to nature is refreshingly eclectic for an Irish Catholic nun: ‘The spirituality of the great goddess, of Gaia, Mother Earth, is dancing into life, inviting us back to our roots …’ And some sort of rapture – spiritual, scientific, aesthetic – seems, indeed, quite necessary to an accepting reconnection with the planet.'

     - Michael Viney, The Irish Times

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