Our fate and the fate of the planet is identical. We must shift from an entirely human centered view of our existence to the realization that the earth is a communion of subjects, a oneness of which we are all a part. It is not a collection of objects for our use. We must enter into a new human-earth-Divine relationship within a new sacred story that is emerging to meet the barrenness of this time.
The earth is full of the steadfast love of God.
Do you view earth as a communion of subjects? What does that mean for you? What is the new sacred story emerging in our time? How will this foster a new human-earth-Divine relationship? What is it asking of you?
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Earth, our Mother, who nourishes us and sustains us.
Francis of Assisi
The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si
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. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.
It was out of the dynamic of cosmic celebration that we were created in the first place. We are to become celebration and generosity, burst into self-awareness. What is the human? The human is a space, an opening, where the universe celebrates its existence.
We inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body.
Thich Nhat Hanh
You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.
Your deepest roots are in nature. No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.
For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.
Janine M. Benyus
Believe one who knows: you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.
Saint Bernard de Clairvaux
The great lesson is, that unity is behind all. Call it God, Love, Spirit. Allah, Jehovah — it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man.