A Prayer For Our Earth …

The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely.
Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf,
in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop,
in a poor person’s face.
The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior
to discover the action of God in the soul,
but also to discover God in all things.
Saint Bonaventure teaches us that
“contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts,
and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves”.
— Pope Francis from Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home 

A Prayer For Our Earth

All powerful God,
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray,
in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
— Pope Francis from Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home 
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