February 22: Our Five Senses are Extraordinary Gifts

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2021

Our five senses are extraordinary gifts. The sense of sight allows us to see things near and far, in bright vivid colors, in various degrees of light and darkness, and in 3 dimensions. Our sense of hearing allows us to perceive various sounds all around us at different pitches, tones, and volumes. Our sense of smell allows us to perceive different scents ranging from sweet aromas to noxious gases. Taste allows us to discern sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. And finally, through our skin, the largest organ of our body, touch allows us to feel different textures, temperatures, sensations, and states of being. All these senses send signals to our brain that ultimately allow us to communicate, express emotions, detect danger, sense love, hate, or fear, and have relationships.


It’s hard to put into words just how awesome our senses are. However, despite their greatness, we often take our senses for granted; only recognizing their importance in our life and being when one is lost. For almost a year, we have suffered the effects of, at best, the limited use of our senses. It is my prayer that during this Lenten season, limiting our senses further through our fasting, we rediscover Jesus through each of our five senses and recognize how each one can connect us to God and everything He created.


My name is Betty Derrickson. I have been a member of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for more than 25 years. During that time, I have had the opportunity to serve at the St. Francis Table, Central Night Shelter, the Wedding Ministry, Pastoral Council, RCIA, and Women’s Reflection to name a few. Through each, I have been blessed beyond measure.


These reflections are meant to challenge us in our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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