April 16

 

Reflection

Every being in the universe
Is an expression of God.
God gives birth to all things,
Creating without possessing,
Acting without expecting,
Guiding without interfering.
This is why|
The love of God
Is in the very nature of things,
In every being in the universe.
Song of the Universe

Prayer

O, Creator God. Give us power to achieve true love and compassion
for Your Creation

Action

In my morning prayer I will be still and aware of God present around
and within me.

Suggested Reading

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows God’s handiwork
Psalm 19

I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring you the clear remembrance of the Creator. …One blade of grass or one speck of dust is enough to occupy your entire mind in beholding the art with which it has been made. … The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, even our brothers, the animals, to whom Thou gavest the earth as their home in common with us. …We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of pain. May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee and that they love the sweetness of life.
St. Basil the Great (329-379)

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another and all involved in one another.
Thomas Merton

Earth is crammed with heaven
And every bush aflame with God
But only those who see take off their shoes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Eden Phillpot

 

 

 

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