Rest Stop (Tuesday) … Earth Day

earth, perspective, peace, serenity, hope
planet Earth from space (credit: unknown)

Today we celebrate Earth Day! A day to recall the gifts we have been given to nourish and sustain us. We need to properly care for the earth so that we, and future generations, may not only survive but also be able to enjoy the beauty of nature all around us.

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of ecology, and as such let us today reflect on his “Canticle of the Creatures”, meditating on what I can do today to sustain the nature around me:

“All praise be yours, My Lord,
through all that you have made.
And first my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day….

How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon and Stars;
In the heavens you have made them, bright and precious and fair.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air….

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
So useful, lowly, precious and pure.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you brighten up the night….

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Earth, our mother,
Who feeds us…and produces various fruits
With colored flowers and herbs….

Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks,
And serve him with great humility.”

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