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These reflections for the 2021 Season of Creation invite us to develop a deeper sense of being grounded in the place where we live, and where we find the nourishment and courage to lovingly care for our global home.
The Season of Creation reminds us that all of creation — including plant and animal life — has a right to the continued existence of their homes and special places.
With the Earth on fire, where is hope sprouting?
A wildfire can teach us to hold onto hope after loss.
We must tend the embers of the spiritual fires that sustain us and illuminate the life-giving path forward.
May we breathe in the suffering of the planet and the poor and breathe out solidarity, resiliency and action.
A story of prayerful resilience inspires reflection: How are we called to work for clear air and a healthy planet?
Breathing is such an unconscious act that it is easy to forget that air is a sacred gift.
When I am wandering in the desert, I have to remind myself that God promises us living waters that will never fail if we ask for them.
How often do we take clean, running water for granted? What about our faith? Drought is a reminder that both water and faith are gifts from God.
As God blesses us abundantly with water, we are invited to make a return in gratitude, to ensure that this gift continues to flow through the world.
As we are urged by scientific and spiritual leaders alike towards a paradigm shift in how we relate to land, do we have the courage to see land as relative, or even more radically, land as self?
May the grief that we feel at the threats to the places we treasure spur us to act to protect creation.
When we walk on the land where we live with attentiveness to its holiness, we are sometimes granted the grace to experience God's love for us through particular parts of creation.
As we face the crisis of climate change, gratitude is not denial, but a way to stay grounded in our knowledge of the work that is ours to do.
Spiritually grounded in the place where we live, we find the nourishment and courage to lovingly care for our global home. Reading time: 3 minutes