Season of Creation Daily Day 28: Whole earth as altar

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Photo used with permission | BCain

Take a moment to reflect on the photo.


Since once again, Lord, I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar to say Mass, 
I will make the whole earth my altar 
and on it will offer you all the labors and all the sufferings of the world.

Instead of bread, I will offer the harvest to be won by today’s labors. Lord, say again the words: This is my Body over every living thing which will spring up, grow, flower, ripen during this day. 

Instead of wine, I will offer every activity and force that withers, corrodes, fails, and dies; into my chalice I shall pour all the sap to be pressed from the earth’s fruits. Lord, say again the words: This is my Blood 

All the things which today will increase; 
all those that will diminish or die: 
all of them, Lord, I try to gather into my arms, holding them out to you.
 We believe you are present in them.
This is the Mystery of Faith.  
— Adapted from Mass on the World by Jesuit Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.
                                                 — Edward Hays in Secular Sanctity


A moment of silence.


Special thanks for the everyday sacred


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