Sunday October 4, 2015

A Tale of Two Francises

By Mary Cummins Wlodarski

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him...
Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful....

(from Canticle of the Sun, St. Francis of Assisi)

We celebrate the feast of St. Francis today, and the joy and excitement of Pope Francis’ visit is still filling our hearts from last week.

Many of us waited up to see the lunar eclipse, some also were able to watch the Milky Way that same evening. What amazing beauty!

What is “political” about caring for creation? When did taking care of the limited land, air, and water that we all share become a topic for argument?

We’ve had two great men named Francis warn us and encourage us.

Recycle, reuse, and renew the earth. It’s not an optional activity; it is mandated by our gratitude for creation.

We must protect creation for it is a gift which the Lord has given us, it is God’s present to us; we are the guardians of creation. When we exploit creation, we destroy that sign of God’s love. To destroy creation is to say to God: “I don’t care”. And this is not good: this is sin. (Pope Francis, 21 May 2014 in a general audience) 

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