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Feathers, fur, hooves and spurs, paws, petals, ponds and fins
We are all in…
Beautiful dance
Sway in the breeze
Chirp in the trees
When we are in sync the way we were meant to be
Together connected
Since the days of creation
When God Said it was good!
Entrusted to care
Water, Land and Air
All living things
And the blessings they bring
On this earth
We are meant to share.

~ Dolores Johansen, Dominican Associate

Creation Canticles: Reflections on the Natural World

Pope Francis began the encyclical, “Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home” describing the human relationship with the earth through images from the hymn “Canticle of the Creatures” by St. Francis of Assisi.

In this hymn, St. Francis invites all his brother and sister creatures—whether minerals, plants or animals—to praise their Creator.

“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 produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.” ~ Pope Francis, 1 Laudato Si’ Encyclical

This reference to the Canticles inspires us to eco-spirituality — a manifestation of the spiritual connection between human beings and the environment.

As we seek transformative eco-spiritual experiences, Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters and Associates began writing poems and reflections. “We start from the witness that ecological spirituality involves a firm inner conviction that God is the source of all creation which is held together by God’s love,” says Sister Mary Ann Barrett OP.

We hope others will enjoy these inspirational messages.