Prayer for Food & Water

Earth is ultimately a common heritage, the fruits of which are for the benefit of all.
Today, the dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which
greed and selfishness – both individual and collective – are contrary to the order of
creation, an order which is characterized by mutual interdependence.
The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility, 1990, John Paul II

UntitledBeloved Creator, known to us by a thousand different names. We thank you for giving us power through your Spirit to reveal your life to the world and so acknowledge that everything is sacred, everything is for the benefit of the whole. We thank you for your Creation and pray that we might cherish, protect, and reverence Earth and all her gifts.

 

We join with Earth and with each other

To bring new life to the land
To restore the waters
To refresh the air

We join with Earth and with each other

 To renew the forests
To care for the plants
To protect all creatures 

We join with Earth and with each other

 To celebrate the seas
To rejoice in the sunlight
To sing the song of the stars

We join with Earth and with each other

 To recreate the human community
To promote justice and peace
To remember all Earth’s children

We join with Earth and with each other

 We join together as many and diverse expressions
of one loving mystery:
for the healing of Earth and the renewal of all life.

 U.N. Environmental Sabbath program

 

 

Reflection:  Earth is ultimately a common heritage, the fruits of which are for the benefit of all. Today, the dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness – both individual and collective – are contrary to the order of creation, an order which is characterized by mutual interdependence.                                                                                                                      -The Ecological Crisis: A common Responsibility, 1990, John Paul II

Prayer:   We commit ourselves to care for all the gifts of Creation. We commit ourselves to analyze and understand environmental issues. We commit to work for ecological justice for all. Come, Holy Spirit, enkindle in us the fire of your Love. Send your breath over the land, over the waters, and we shall all be re-created. We shall renew the face of Earth.

We pray for the waters of the rivers, that we will fill them again with bountiful life.

We pray for the soil of Earth, that we will work for abundant harvests for all.

We pray for the fish of the sea and the animals that walk the land, that we will work to restore their habitats and their integrity.

We pray for the birds of the trees and the skies, that we can offer them sheltering green leaves and clean air through which to soar.

We pray for all this sacred Earth, that we will help renew the symphony of life.

Amen.

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About opreach

I am Sister Pat Farrell, OP, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael. We are known as the Order of Preachers, and the Dominican charism of Preaching is very real in my life. The words of St. Paul resonate within me: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16) The quote on the header of OPreach is from the Dominican Saint Catherine of Siena. "Preach as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world." I live at St. Luke Convent - a House of Hospitality - in River Forest, Illinois with another sister. I enjoy walking, hiking, and photography. The Chicago area has some great places for all of that!
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