March 12. Judy was especially aware of the natural beauty of nature and how often it is defaced by smog, smoke and lack of care for God’s very extensive garden. She liked to quote the passage from Laudato Si’ 85. “God has written a precious book whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe. From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuing revelation of the divine. She shared, “The plant ecosystem is a very important link in the chain of life. I think that one day neglecting the plant kingdom will be considered a sin even if not a crime.”
Scripture: I will heal their faithlessness. I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be as the dew to Israel, he shall strike root as the poplar, his shoots shall spread out, his beauty shall be like the olive and his fragrance like Lebanon. Hosea 14:1-9.
Pope Francis: St Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty. Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise. LS12.
Reflect, share, act, pray. Do you think you could fall in love with nature? If so, what aspect?