February 19, 2016
Prayer by Courtney ’16
“When we speak of the ‘environment,’ what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” [#139] Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si
Have you ever thought about how we drive a couple hours out of the city for most of our school retreats? These places often have less technology than we are used to in our everyday lives: we turn off our cell phones, we have no access to TV or internet, and sometimes we even have limited amount of hot water or air conditioning. Or why do people walk outside for a breath of fresh air when they are stressed, mad, or upset? Why is it that simply witnessing a sunset, sitting on a beach, or standing on the calm of a mountain top brings us such comfort and peace?
When God created Adam and Eve, he didn’t drop them in the midst of a bustling metropolis, armed with a cell phone and a credit card. No, God carefully and intentionally created the earth and the sky and the sea, all the plants and animals, and finished off his plan with humans to live in harmony with all of his creation. We were called to care for his creation, not to abuse it for our benefit. God intended us to live in unison with nature. Like we heard last week at the Ash Wednesday mass, we are dust, and to dust we will return.
Dear Lord, we thank you for thoughtfully planning every bit of your creation, including each one of us. Guide us in how to interact with the world around us, and grant us respect for your gift of nature. Help us to notice the beauty that surrounds us. In your name we pray, amen.
Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.