April 10

Reflection

It is our sense of being separate from the Earth that has allowed us to abuse it. If we held the Earth as sacred, as part of the living oneness to which we belong, could we treat it in this way — would we pollute its rivers, kill off its species? Forgetfulness is a most potent poison, enabling our desires to destroy what is most precious. Sacred ground brings us back to the most basic human values, our sense of relatedness and the vital work of “care for our common home.” How can we return to a magical world, one that we have made toxic with our greed and desires, with our addiction to consumerism? Could it begin with something as simple as recognizing that we are not separate from the Earth, but — breathing its air, sustained by its food, nourished by its beauty — are part of this miracle?
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Prayer

All is one.

Action

Take notice of the daily beauty offered by the natural world. Check on your own habits. Where do your patterns of behavior add to the harm done to the earth community?

Suggested Reading


On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Psalm 145:5

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.
Psalm 24:1

Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.
Pope Francis

For too long we have separated spirituality from the Earth, the Creator from the creation. We each must find a way to return to the sacred unity, where the Earth is whole as well as holy.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.
Lao Tzu

People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.
David Attenborough

In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
Rachel Carson

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.
Standing Bear

It’s not that hard to imagine the natural world recovering it’s health in our absence: it’s more difficult, and more necessary, to imagine it recovering its health in our presence.
 Alex Steffen

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