by Frances Corriea

“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs” –  Laudato Si’ #1)

Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a  sister with whom we share our life. She is a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor. (Laudato Si’ #2)

Lord you created everything, and all of creation is ultimately yours.

Help me to see your world as gift and to see your love expressed in creation and so to come myself to love and care for the earth, which is yours.

Amen

For the next few months these reflections will explore Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Care for our Common Home.