This we believe:

Humans have become so numerous

and our tools so powerful that we have driven fellow creatures to extinction,

dammed the great rivers,

torn down ancient forests, poisoned the earth, rain and wind,

and ripped holes in the sky.

Our science has brought pain as well as joy;

our comfort is paid for by the suffering of millions.

We are learning from our mistakes, we are mourning our vanished kin,

and we now build a new politics of hope.

We respect and uphold the absolute need for clean air, water, and soil.

We see that economic activities that benefit the few

while shrinking the inheritance of many are wrong.

And since environmental degradation erodes biological capital forever,

full ecological and social cost must enter all equations of development.

We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is not ours to erase.

So where knowledge is limited,

we will remember all those-who will walk after us,

and err on the side of caution.

 

–David Suzuki

 

Mother, in this season of the flowers

I bow to you in humble awe.

The brilliant colors of my blossoms

Are  growing now,

Soon to be fruit

I feel need to give to you

For all that you have given to me,

And though the moment is not yet right,

One day my fruit will yield its seed

To your sweet earth

 

–Danaan Parry

 

The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.

For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?

The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.

That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.

Then He continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you.

He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.

Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.

That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

–The Gospel of Mary

 

You are above me O God

You are beneath

You are in air

You are in earth

You are beside me

You are within.

O God of heaven,

You have made your home on earth

In the broken body of creation

Kindle within me

A love for you in all things.

   –JP Newell (Celtic Prayers from Iona)

 

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