Saturday evening, April 21, Dominican Sisters and friends gathered for Evening Prayer and a
Labyrinth Walk to celebrate Earth Day.
We often lament what we continue to do Earth and the resources she
provides for us. Water polluted with trash and chemicals, the air polluted from
the burning of fossil fuels and our very dependence on fossil fuels, the drive
that more is better and the waste from single packaging.
though having heard the Psalm response from the week’s liturgies, “Let all the
Earth sing out to God with joy!”, Sister Ceil focused on the beauty of gifts of
creation that God has given us.
The beauty of the morning
sky during sunrise, the moon on a clear and sometimes not so clear night, at
the green of the budding trees and grass, the vibrant colors blue bonnets and
other wild flowers along the bayou, the songs of the birds, the scamper of the
squirrels on our property are all sight and wonders to behold.
tells us, “Within God’s creation one can discover an order, a wisdom, and a
trustworthiness that manifests God’s presence and grace.” We only have to stop
and pay attention to be truly aware of God’s presence and grace.
At the heart of this world
is this God of life who loves us and is always present to us. God’s love for
all of creation constantly calls us to find new ways forward. As we celebrate
how God speaks to us through the beauty of creation, let us respond with
reverence and love for all that is. “Let all the Earth sing out to God with