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Tips for a Greener Lent: Ecology

  • “Every creature is the object of the Father’s tenderness, who gives it it’s place in the world.” Laudato Si’ 77

  • “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.” Laudato Si’ 33

  • O God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Tips for a GREENER Lent: This spring sow insect loving plants which provide food and shelter for native wildlife – e.g. bees and butterflies which are essential for pollination.

“If you would learn more, ask the cattle;

Seek information from the birds of the air.

The creeping things of earth will give you lessons,

and the fishes of the seas will tell you all.

There is not a single creature that does not know

That everything is of God’s making.

God holds in power the soul of every living thing,

and the breath of every human body.”

- Job 12:7-10

Further Reading

Just.Now Sept-Oct 2018 : Palm Oil and the Environment

“God sleeps in the stones,

Dreams in the plants,

Stirs in the animals

Sings in the birds,

And awakens in the human”

(source unknown)

I see his blood upon the rose

and in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.

I see his face in every flower;

The thunder and the singing of the birds

are but his voice – carven by his power

Rocks are his written words.

All pathways by his feet are worn,

His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,

His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,

His cross is every tree.

Joseph Mary Plunkett (D.1916)

The little cares that fretted me

I lost them yesterday

Among the fields, above the sea,

Among the winds at play,

Among the lowing of the herds,

The rustling of the trees,

Among the singing of the birds,

the humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what might happen,

I cast them all away,

Among the clover-scented grass,

Among the new-mown hay,

Among the husking of the corn,

Where drowsy poppies nod,

Where ill thoughts die and good are born-

out in the fields with God.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Lord, purge our eyes to see

Within the seed a tree,

Within the glowing egg a bird,

Within the shroud a butterfly.

Till, taught by such we see

Beyond all creatures thee

And hearken to thou tender word

And hear its ‘fear not; it is I’”

Christina Rosetti