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. (Laudato Si’, 233)
Pope Francis has declared September 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day provides us with an opportunity to pause and contemplate the greatness of the gift that God has given us through the magnificence of Creation, and to reflect on our role in honoring, preserving, and protecting that gift for all. The Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home provides a wonderful context for this important day of prayer.
As we reflect upon our call to care for our common home, and thus for each other, let us also pray for the people of Texas, whose lives are being irrevocably changed by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
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. Amen