April 26, 2016
Prayer by Dr. Anne Washington Saunders, MCLD Teacher
To begin his encyclical Laudato si, Pope Francis seems to have introduced a new word to the world: rapidification. Rapidification describes the “intensified pace of human life and work” in our modern, technological world. Change is good and necessary for us; but constant and ever accelerating change – rapidification – the kind of change the world is now experiencing, goes against our very nature.
As creatures, human beings are healthiest when we keep our fundamental relationships healthy: with God, with our neighbor. We know the commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength; Love your neighbor as yourself. But Laudato si urges attention to a third relationship, relationship with the earth, that is, with nature, with our fellow creatures. I had not thought of my enjoyment of creation, of Earth, as a relationship.
A frenzy to do more, more, more, faster, faster, faster, and always, of course, better and better. Can we relate to this experience at Marist School?
In stark contrast to rapidification, Pope Francis says, is the slower movement of creation, God’s creation, as opposed to the world that human beings engineer. Attention to creation slows us down, gives us physical health, and spiritual peace. Ideally, its goals are geared to the common good and sustainable.
In Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus tells us,
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
So, today, try, try to take something slow. Unplug. Stare into space. Talk face to face. Walk through the garden. Lie in the grass. Enjoy Brother Sun.
Let us Pray:
SLOW US DOWN, O Lord God, our Creator,
We thank you for the beauty of this earth, our campus and garden, creek and woods, and for all who take care of these gifts from you.
We thank you for our sharp eyes and ears and our ability to smell and taste and touch the many good things you have created.
Thank you for good weather and sunshine.
Thank you for the animals in our care, our friends, and families.
Help us to slow down and to be mindful.
Allow us to give generously to those in need.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.