by Frances Correia

“God’s eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world” (Romans 1:20)

If we approach nature and the environment without openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously. The poverty and austerity of Saint Francis were no mere veneer of asceticism, but something much more radical: a refusal to turn reality into an object simply to be used and controlled. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #11)

Lord I ask for the grace to really see your world, and all the creatures in it as you see them.

May I allow myself to be moved by the infinite beauty of your creation.

Then in my heart, grant me the grace to repent of any attitudes that see creation, and other people, as mere objects to be used for my own self-gratification.