…Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness.(12)
Go on a family hike or nature walk. Invite everyone to spend some time in silence, using the five senses to observe their surroundings. Share with each other what was observed. You might have to keep this short for the young ones! Try to think through how each of those things might in some small way be a reflection of God. For example, the call of a bird might make one think of God’s beauty.
As an alternative, go outside and read psalm 96: 12-13.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them.
Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice before the LORD who comes,
who comes to govern the earth,
To govern the world with justice
and the peoples with faithfulness.
Get to know the protected parks and preserves in your area. Find local organizations that help protect our parks and the other green spaces in your community. They often sponsor volunteer days and provide opportunities to help keep these places clean. In our area, I’m proud to be a member of the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition.
10/10 – St. Francis
10/17 – Confession
10/25 – Connectedness, Air Quality