September 5

Reflection

The evening news projects clear images of tornadoes, floods, droughts and hurricanes. When things go awry, we abruptly realize the distortion of our climate. But, we are dependent on earth not only for our bodily survival but also for the renewal of our spirits. There is an Apache Blessing that prays,” 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.” It is a simple statement reminding us of our deep connection with our 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 to “blow new strength into our beings.”

Prayer

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

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

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.
Paul Dirac 

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

Things are beautiful if you love them.
Jean Anouilh

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

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.
Chinese Proverb

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

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