Sunday, April 17, 2016

Homecoming: An Earth Day Reflection from JustFaith Ministries

Here is a wonderful reflection from JustFaith Ministries, excerpted and adapted from its One Common Home Retreat.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live...” Deuteronomy 30
Catch your breath...
Feel the ground beneath your feet...
Bring your heart and mind into this precious, present moment.

"Breathe in us o breath of God. Breathe life in us anew, that we might love this WORLD You love, and do as You would do. Breathe in us anew! Breathe in us, O breath of God."

Have you felt scattered, your mind distracted, your heart divided, while so much of the majesty and tragedy of life seems to pass you by?

We can become numb, and live synthetic lives. We can forget that life is a brief and fragile gift.

We can lose track of our connections; out of touch with Nature, with our Neighbors, and with our Maker.

We can overlook our responsibility to cherish life and take care of Our Common Home, till something or someone breaks through and wakes us up.

The Psalmist reminds us:
The Earth belongs to God!Psalm 24:1

Astronomers tell us there is no place like our planet home in a trillion, trillion miles. Our faith teaches that this not simply a way station, we are not just passing through.
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral develoment, for we know that things can change.” -Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 13
Take these homecoming questions to heart, and share them with your community:
  • What do you do to get out of your head and come down to earth?
  • What places or practices put you in touch with life?
  • What or who keeps you grounded and helps you remember what is precious and important in life?
The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity and beauty is a sacred trust.-Earth Charter

See Reflection  in its original and printable form

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