CELEBRATING EARTH DAY 2015
The greatest moral issue of our time is our responsibility to care for Earth
and all its inhabitants,
human and nonhuman alike.”
– Thomas Berry
We are called to assist the earth,
to heal her wounds and, in the process, heal our own;
we are called indeed to embrace the whole creation,
in all its diversity, beauty, and wonder.
This is our hope:
that the children born today may still have
a bit of green grass under their bare feet,
a breath of clean air to breathe,
a patch of blue water to sail upon,
and a whale on the horizon to set them dreaming.
– Wangari Maathai, (1940-2011) – Nobel Prize for Peace acceptance speech, 2004
Will you teach your children what we have taught our children -
That Earth is our Mother…
What befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of Earth.
If we spit upon the ground, we spit upon ourselves.
This we know:
The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to Earth.
All things are connected, like the blood that unites one family.
We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
What can I do to cultivate the heart and wisdom to promote a society
in harmony with the laws of the natural world?
“When one tugs at a single thing in Nature,
s/he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir
– Submitted by Presentation Sisters Virginia Water Retreat Team
Blessed is Earth
It shall flourish with radiant beauty.
Blessed are the waters
They will flow with clarity and quench our thirst.
Blessed are the trees
They shall absorb toxins and give us breath.
Blessed are the birds
They shall soar stately in the sky.
Blessed are those in pain
They shall discover radiance in the dark
Blessed are those who despair
They shall be enveloped in hopeful peace.
Blessed is the fire
It shall melt all walls and separation with the energies of love.
Blessed are they who live in the universe,
Are inclusive of all and celebrate
the re-sacralization of the planet.
They shall experience beauty in all that is revealed.
– James Conlon from At the Edge of our Longing
As we celebrate Earth Day 2015, may we experience this beauty by reverencing our Earth and its resources!
NL Presentation Sisters Leadership Team