August 20

Reflection

As people of faith we believe that creation is a revelation of God and a sacred trust. The challenges facing Earth require the human community to develop new ways of seeing, thinking and interacting with the larger web of life, Our existence, survival and well-being depends on the life-support systems of our planet. Human beings are part of the whole community of life and are intimately connected with the natural world. The wonders of earth, sky and sea and the diversity of life forms delight our senses and stimulate our imaginations. Yet, we know that natural habitats and species dependent on them are destroyed daily by our interference. We increasingly realize that Earth is being desecrated and human activities are major causes. If we reverence the Holy Mystery who creates and sustains all life, how can we not act less selfishly and more responsibly?

Prayer

Gracious God, all creation reveals your glory and love. Give us the desire, the will and the imagination to preserve and protect the integrity and beauty of the Earth community.

Action

Today I will take time to think and pray about how my activity can contribute to the beauty and harmony of God’s sacred creation.

Suggested Readings

Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings.
Now think.
What delight God gives to humankind with all these things….
We are to work with it. For without we cannot survive.
Hildegard of Bingen

O God, how glorious is your name in all the earth!
Who are we that you should be mindful of us.
yet you entrust us with the work of your hands to care for all your
creation.
Psalm 8:1,4,6

The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.
Pope Francis

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
Mohandas Gandhi

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Native American Proverb

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
Aldo Leopold

The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human.
Thomas Berry

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Ansel Adams

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
Chief Seattle

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