October 19

Reflection

“Where is God?” the catechism asked. “God is everywhere” the catechism answered. The answer is often ignored, but the answer, if God is really God, is certainly true, God is the stuff of the universe. In everything created resides the energy, the life, the image, the nature of the creator. To know the creator, it is only necessary to study creation. The source of life is Life. The obvious is almost too simple to be believe… Nature, all of it, is the mirror of the Ultimate, the resting place of the God of life, the presence of the power of God.
Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

Let all that is praise God.

Action

Try to walk attuned to nature and the rhythm of life. Look. Listen. Notice. Be at peace.

Suggested Reading

The heavens proclaim the glory of God; the skies display the work of God’s hands.
Psalm 191

Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made,
Romans 1:20

The universe did not emerge as the result of arbitrary omnipotence, a show of force or a desire for self-assertion. Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things… Every creature is thus the object of the Father’s tenderness, who gives it its place in the world. Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, and in its few seconds of existence, God enfolds it with his affection. Consequently, we can ascend from created things “to the greatness ofGod and to his loving mercy.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si

We believe that all is one and that our call is to an active inclusive love that seeks this union with God and the sacred community of life that includes all of creation – air, soil, water, plants, and animals. We see ourselves in union with this community that we hold as the neighbor through whom God continues to be revealed.
Sisters of St. Joseph Land Ethic Statement

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Martin Luther

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
George Washington Carver

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

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