A Reflection by Sister Donna Fannon, MHSH
Isn’t this a wonderful statement from Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si”? When I came upon it I was struck by the many wonderful ways God uses to communicate to us, and how God uses all of creation as a revelation of Godself.
The Pope’s statement remind me of some of my favorite passages that have led me to ponder the care, love and largess of God’s involvement in the universe:
“The world is charged with the grandeur of God…” [Gerard Manley Hopkins]
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God…” [Ps 18]
“Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord.
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord…” [Daniel, chap. 3]
Ernesto Cardenal, a Nicaraguan priest, poet and politician put it this way:
God communicates with us by way of all things. They are messages of love.
- Taking a moment to wonder at your capacity to love and be loved…
- Gazing at the stars and experiencing a sense of awe at the vastness of the universe and, despite the minuteness of yourself, become aware of your capacity to appreciate your place in God’s grand design.
- Experiencing a sense of gratitude and awe at being a part of this grand design
So, the next time you try to skip a rock on the surface of a pond, pet your cat, play with your dog, ponder the miracle or your spouse, children and friends, take a moment to thank God for revealing and sharing Love in such accessible ways…and share that love with another—any other on the face of the earth.