Friends of the Earth Ministry
If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Wendy at [email protected] or 803-788-3252 ext. 327.
Merry Christmas & a Blessed New Year!!
Meditation on Creation
(Find a comfortable position/place for this meditation)
Breath: Take 3 deep breaths, filling your lungs thoroughly, holding your breath momentarily and exhaling through your mouth.
Heart: Quiet your inner self - embracing the gift of life with each breath and heartbeat.
Let Yourself Reflect on These Words of st. Hildegard of Bingen: "Human beings are the thinking heart, called to be co-creators with God in shaping the world."
Express your Gratitude for the wonders of creation's rhythm of interconnection.
Reflect: How do you feel that this most beautiful place, Earth, is threatened by destruction due to our own actions and neglect?
Ponder the call to be co-creators and not dominators and oppressors of this web of life for now and future generations.
Resolution: Come in touch with the passion/energy you feel to protect this most beautiful place, Earth. In what way(s) might you help sustain Earth's life?
(Adapted and used with permission by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Written by Sister Barbara Sheehan and Providence Associate Gene Majewski.)
Pray: God of all creation, your goodness and glory shine forth through everything you have made. Through the light of faith, help us to see this world, our common home, not as a resource to dominate and exploit, but as a gift to be cherished by all generations. Prompted by your Spirit, we ask this in the name of Jesus, through whom all creation was made. Amen.
(Prayer from Catholic Charities)
Meditation & Prayer found at Catholic Climate Covenant, please visit their website- https://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org
A Prayer for Our Earth
From Laudato Si'
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 prey on it, that we may sow beauty, no 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.
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si'
of the Holy Father Francis
On Care for our Common Home