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Earth Breathing : Canticle of the Creatures

1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.

12. What is more, Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker” (Wis 13:5); indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world” (Rom 1:20). For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty. Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.

Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home – 24th May 2015
From : The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’


A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.


To read the Canticle of the Creatures written by St Francis of Assisi  and Psalm 148 which may have been Francis’ inspiration take a look at: All Creatures of Our God and King and Psalm 148 and The Canticle of The Creatures.

Sunset Isle of Wigth Stained Glass Window of God's Creation Tree, Field, Bluebells - Canticle of Brother Sun


 

Video Credits:
Music: Well Tempered – NYM (http://nymself.com)
Animation by Jake Infusino, Written and Produced by Gabriel Reilich
Sources:
https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_cat.php?categoryID=1484
https://nhm.org/site/research-collections/mammalogy/faqs
http://www.coml.org/
https://www.bgci.org/policy/1521/
http://datazone.birdlife.org/home
http://www.reptile-database.org/db-info/SpeciesStat.html
http://amphibiaweb.org/amphibian/speciesnums.html
With Inspiration from John Nelson http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com/2013/07/a-breathing-earth.html

Elizabeth is a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and lives on the Isle of Wight where she enjoys walks along the beach with Alfie her Cairn Terrier. She has had an interest in Franciscan Spirituality for over 20 years.