[SAINT] FRANCIS REMINDS us that divinity resides in every creature. We can see beauty in every face and honor life in all its forms. Centuries later, Albert Schweitzer described this attitude in terms of reverence for life. Seeing the holiness in creation challenges us to claim our role as planetary healers through a simpler lifestyle, protection of endangered species and wilderness lands, and advocacy for policies that respond to global climate change. We can celebrate life by living more simply. We can prayerfully consider our patterns of consumption and discover how our local community can respond to global climate change. Life is beautiful, and God calls us as partners in healing the planet, locally and globally.
—Bruce G. Epperly, The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-Filled World (Upper Room Books, 2018)
Name something you can do to better care for the environment. Does seeing the holiness in everything motivate you to help heal the environment? Share your thoughts.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
—1 John 4:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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