April 22

Earth Day

Reflection

The health of Earth depends on a delicate balance of the forces which sustain it. We are the first people who have viewed our planet from space and been awed by its integrity and beauty. We have realized how fragile it is in the vastness of the universe. Yet, even as we are awed by the wonder of our planet, we realize that our own insensitivity to its nature is causing irreparable damage to its ability to sustain the lives of the other creatures with whom we share this planet and ultimately of our own. Earth Day reminds us of our responsibility and challenge in the crisis we are facing. It calls us back from accepting gross economic gain and self-indulgence in the misuse of Earth’s resources to respect and protection of the riches of Earth’s gifts on which we all depend and in which we all share.

The theme for Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities.

Prayer

O God,
we thank you for this earth, our home; for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the ocean and streams, for the towering hills and the whispering wind, for the trees and green grass.

We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds, and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat, and taste autumn’s fruit, and rejoice in the feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers.

Grant us hearts opened wide to all this beauty; and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory.

Action

I will choose one definite way in which I can help to raise awareness of the harm human actions are doing to the planet and add my voice to those who are organized and already speaking out. (earth justice.org, www.peta.org, SierraClub.org).

Click to watch short video : Green Cities

Suggested Reading

The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.
James Irwin, USA

My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.
Edgar Mitchell, USA

The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy relic. The Earth was absolutely round. I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space.
Aleksei Leonov, USSR

The Hebrew word translated as “dominion” means having responsibility for the well being of Creation, not destroying what God made to manifest God’s glory.  By acknowledging our rightful place within nature, we are accepting our responsibility for its well-being, just as we take responsibility for the well-being of members of our family and friends. It is a matter of drawing a larger circle, not around our house, our city, or even our country, but around all life on Earth.  Gandhi said it best: We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
Klaus Topler, UN Environment Program

For me, my God and my joy and all achievement, the very purpose of my being and all my love of life, all depend on this one basic vision of the union between yourself and the universe.  Let others fulfilling a function more august than mine, proclaim your splendors as pure Spirit; as for me, dominated as I am by a vocation which springs from the innermost fibers of my being, I have no desire, I have no ability, to proclaim anything except the innumerable prolongations of your incarnate being in the world of matter.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.Cree Indian Proverb

 

 

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  • byEleanor Owens
    Posted April 22, 2014 7:31 AM 0Likes

    I go to this website as soon as I wake in the morning…..I love starting my day with your readings, suggestions and reflections. Thank you for prviding a wonderful way to start my day.

    Eleanor Owens

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