May 18

The Earth Caring for Us!

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 dew drop, in a poor person’s face.”

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’

Mercy Minute   We recently celebrated Earth Day but every day is a good day to take action to care for and protect the earth.  Still, we might also consider the ways in which the earth cares for and protects us!  The earth, after all, is our home and it sustains us in life.   The earth is an agent of mercy.

In his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis reminds us that God cares for us through creation.  “Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.”  He tells us that “God has written a precious book, ‘whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe.’”  Francis then quotes the bishops of Japan saying:  “To sense each creature singing the hymn of its existence is to live joyfully in God’s love and hope.”  Indeed, we are the recipients of God’s mercy through creation!

Please take some time today to get outdoors to experience the caress of God in the gentle breeze or the warmth of the sun on your face.  Read the book of creation by observing the greening of the trees or the antics of your squirrel neighbors.  Listen to the hymn of creation sung by the birds in the trees or the spring peepers in the ponds.  Many of us suffer from “nature deficit disorder.”  Earth Day is an opportunity to seek healing from our sister earth.


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