Praise be to God from the earth, you sea monsters and all the deeps of the sea; Lightning and hail, snow and thick clouds, storm wind that fulfills God’s command; Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars; Animals wild and tame, creatures that crawl and birds that fly. -Psalm 148:7-10
How do your daily choices give praise to the Source and thanks for the gift of life?
Steward-ship not owner-ship
is the craft capable of preserving
an inheritance entrusted to all generations.
Maker of All does not
favor only some,
but out-pours abundance on each and everyone.
It is not to people alone
that garden Earth is given on loan,
for this life-making miracle belongs to none but the Holy One.
Then God said to Noah and to his family, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. -Genesis 9:8-10
Lately it seems
we are awakening
to the tragic cost of over-consumption.
Threatened at every level by exploitation,
sacrificed for human industry,
sacred life is turned tribute to the gods of gratification.
by-product of human engineering—
has reduced holy creatures to objects of “economic calculus.”
…earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor… -Pope Francis
Such loss of reverence
in our relationship to the tapestry of creation
leaves our children a legacy of despoilment and desecration.
Though we wave flags and stake claims,
none can own the sun, the earth, the winds or rains.
This still is God’s country, every mile and millimeter.
…we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, physical or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference… These situations have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that we take another course. Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home… -Pope Francis
Many are the fields
in God’s great garden,
sown with mysteries that ask for humble care.
Created for contemplation and communion,
we are made to till and tend and ponder
the wilds of this world.
How then can we tolerate
the squalor to which
God’s dear ones are consigned?
This news is not so new.
It is a cascade of consequences
now come to shock us out of comfortable isolation.
What the earth will make of our tinkering and abuse can be modeled by computers but is, in the end, beyond our reckoning, our science. Nature is not simply done to. Nature responds. Nature talks back. Nature is willful. We have no dominion over the wild darkness that surrounds us. -Eva Saulitis
There still may be another path open to us.
Despite the detritus of decades,
we just might find our way back to grounded living.
Perhaps it starts with daily devotion
to an unnoticed plot or person,
or little choices, mindfully made, to simplify, slow and show our care.
An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness. -Pope Francis
In days to come may you come home to yourself,
your work an act of worship, your rest a grateful praise,
your loved ones every creatures that meets your gracious gaze.
Happy those who endure in peace, by you Most High they will be crowned. -St. Francis of Assisi