Care for Creation
Everyone has a place: All is interconnected
Water - The fountain where water flows
Air - How Green-house gas is affecting Climate Change
The Great Willow
The Apple Tree
Following in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, we set out to walk around our garden, focusing on the four elements of earth, fire, water and air, plus the trees, stones and plants. Our footprints embraced the variety of the bio-diversity of our fragile earth.
When you come to Emmaus you may like to take this walk as a way of reflection and contemplation, for we are all pilgrims together on this journey.
Laudato SI’, Circle (group)
We are a small group who shared a common concern and came together in 2020.
During the pandemic two of us completed the new Laudato SI’ Animators Course in 2020, encouraged others and by September 2020 we were part of a global movement in the Church.
We meet regularly to Pray, Discern together, and Act as appropriate for the Care of our Common Home
We come together for days with the children, Carers, the elderly and such events as beach-clearing, walks to support COP.
Our Creation Celebrations of the Eucharist are especially important as it is coming together for a common purpose:
Hope for the Earth and Hope for the Poor (Pope Francis)
Groups of Laudato SI’ Circles (groups) are to be found throughout the world and are often facilitated by the younger generation whose future is in our hands.
What is worth celebrating is worth preserving!
Laudato SI’, mi Signore: Praise be to You Francis of Assisi
Eco-systems (bug hotel)
Everyone has a place. All is interconnected.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep and God’s Spirit hovered over the water. Then God spoke his first word ‘let there be light’!
The universe in all its manifold relationships shows forth the inexhaustible richness of God. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow, the spectacle of countless diversities tell us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures depend on each other to complete each other in the service of each other.
The very flowers of the field and the birds of the air which we contemplate and admire our imbued with His radiant presence. L. si’ 100
Wood piled up for winter to be burnt Fossil fuels. Fires Amazon basin burning, South West Australia, North California.
The world is going up in smoke!
The way we lay waste the world.
‘O my people weep with me.’
Once they have gone – they’re gone!
Behold, Behold, the Wood of the Cross
Our sister, Mother Earth, now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our abuse of the goods with which God has imbued her.
Our violence is reflected in the sickness of the soil, the water, and the air
in all its forms of life. L.si’ 2.
We cannot be silent witnesses to terrible injustices because all creatures are connected. Each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures, are dependent upon one another. L.si’ 42
The fountain where the water flows.
The fountains mingle with the river and the rivers with the ocean.
As the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return without watering the earth making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating (Is.55:10)
Let anyone who is thirsty, let them come to me come and drink you who believe in me for from his breasts shall flow fountains of living water. Jesus was speaking of the Spirit which those who believe in him were to receive. John 7:37
“Water, water everywhere” affirmed Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner before lamenting “but not a drop to drink” as it is for a billion people on our planet of 7 billion today. Though making up 70% of the surface of the globe, still clean drinking water is denied to so many. Water is for washing not wasting, for sharing not privatising, for the waters of the world are all inter-linked with the mighty oceans.
The Sea of faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore.
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle.
But now I only hear
It’s melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
(Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach)
How Green-house gas is affecting Climate Change
Air I am, fire I am,
Water, earth and spirit I am
(Ancient Cosmic Chant)
By your word the heavens were made by the breath of your mouth all the stars. You gather the waters of the oceans: You store up the depth of the seas. Let all the earth stand in wonder Psalm 33
If today, say like Wordsworth, we are ‘walking lonely as a cloud’, not in the lovely Lake District but in a town, we will no longer be freely ‘walking in the air.’ The air we breathe is not the fresh scent of a gentle breeze blowing. So why is there so much air pollution and people dying of asphyxiation? What is happening to our ether?
Al Gore’s revealing documentary, The Inconvenient Truth, went a long way to identifying the cause of climate change. Green-house gases are increasingly becoming trapped in the stratosphere. As a result of the warmer temperature the ice-floes are melting, sea-levels are rising, flooding and tornadoes are everywhere. The damage of this could become irreversible.
The Great Willow:
Rooted in the earth and reaching to the sky
Standing on solid ground with roots that reach right down to the water table below yet its branches are flying high
open to the spirit blowing.
It is ‘like a tree that is planted by water streams yielding its fruit in due season, and its leaves never fade.’ (Psalm 1)
Rooted like a radical sure of its ground, one can then be free to be flexible. ‘Trees do bend though straight and tall so must we to others call.’
Trees are our friends, faithfully absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converting it through its leaves. They know the season when it’s time to let go and fall, and when to put forth buds and sprout. A time to rein in and rest. A time to reach out and grow. Indeed ‘a time for every season under heaven.’
I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life John 14:6
I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10
“This is what Yahweh asks of you: only this, To act justly To love tenderly And to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6
Your life is a sacred journey.
And it’s all about change, growth, discovery,
movement and transformation.
You are on the path where you are meant to be right now,
expanding your vision and stretching your soul.
And from here, you can only go forward,
To challenges at every step along the way.
I took the path less travelled by, records Robert Frost And that has made all the difference.
Be fully present. Experience the moment
The Apple Tree:
How wonderful the harvest! With softening rain you bless the land with growth. You crown the year with riches, all you touch comes alive. Ps.65
You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit that will last. John 15:17
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and then you will be my disciples. v.8
Time for giving thanks now for all the fruit trees and flowers that brighten up our world bestowing both beauty to the earth and providing food for our table. For all that we receive from your hand we rejoice in your bountiful goodness overflowing with gifts which you entrust to our care to be good and faithful stewards of creation.