September 12

Reflection

When weather events are threatening, we abruptly realize the distortion of our climate. But, every day we are dependent on Earth not only for our bodily survival but also for the renewal of our spirits. We have a deep connection with Earth. Even if we live in the city our human bond with Earth requires a piece of green, a patch of blue, the freshness of wind and the song of birds. We need the touch of our natural environment to “blow new strength into our beings.”

Prayer

May the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being.
Apache Blessing


Action

Examine your own need for the beauty of this earth. Join with those who are working to preserve our planet. The Global Catholic Climate Movement

Suggested Reading

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8:3-4

As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family.
Pope Francis

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal Nehru

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau

 You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and
the stars; you have a right to be here.
Desiderata

 People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad
with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
Iris Murdoch

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and
spring after the winter.
Rachel Carson

May the sun bring you new energy by day; may the moon softly restore you by night; may the rain wash away your worries; may the breeze blow new strength into your being.
Apache Blessing

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