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February 19, 2021

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature,” for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion. (Laudito Si, p. 76)

“You have to make for the margins to find a new future. When God wanted to regenerate creation, He chose to go to the margins—to places of sin and misery, of exclusion and suffering of illness and solitude—because they were also places full of possibility…” (Dare to Dream, p.12)

Questions for Reflection, Journaling and Sharing

  • What do I make of the distinction between “nature” and “creation”? Does this distinction affect my spirituality?
  • How do I experience the “margins” as places of possibility?
  • In what ways or circumstances do I consider that I am on the periphery?

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19 de febrero de 2021

 

En la tradición judeocristiana, la palabra “creación” tiene un significado más amplio que “la naturaleza”, porque tiene que ver con el plan amoroso de Dios en el cual cada criatura tiene su propio valor y significado.  La naturaleza suele ser vista como un sistema que puede ser estudiado, comprendido y controlado, mientras que la creación solamente puede entenderse como un don de la mano extendida del Padre de todos y como una realidad iluminada por el amor el cual nos convoca a la comunión universal.  (Laudato Si, p. 76)

 “Para encontrar un future nuevo hay que ir a la periferia.  Cuando Dios quiso regenerar la creación, eligió llegar a los márgenes —los lugares de pecado y miseria, de exclusión y sufrimiento, de enfermedad y soledad— porque también eran lugares llenos de posibilidades: …” (Soñemos juntos, p.12)

Preguntas para la reflexión, llevar un diario y compartir

  •  ¿Qué hago con la distinción entre “naturaleza” y “creación”?  ¿Afecta esta distinción mi espiritualidad?
  •  ¿Cómo la experiencia de los “márginados” son como lugares de posibilidad?
  • ¿De qué formas o circunstancias considero que estoy en la periferia?

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Illustrations:

  1. File Number: ProC2hRTxFIs25FScarab Beetle, Chris Tomlin, ©2005, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
  2. File Name: HisU3hRLP-Crop, Glasswing Butterfly (Greta Oto) and Black Widow Spider (Latrodectus Mactans), (1 Maccabees:11), Chris Tomlin, ©2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
  3. File Number: A2fVDMt10F, Darner Dragonfly, Chris Tomlin, ©2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

7 Comments

  1. Hoy la reflexión nos lleva a darnos cuenta que la naturaleza es como un brazo, una pierna, un miembro mío. No es algo fuera de mí, es que yo soy parte de esa naturaleza y ella es parte mía, ambas en una integración nos afectamos para bien o para mal. Si de alguna manera yo atento contra la naturaleza, de esa misma forma afecto la creación.

    Creación y Naturaleza no se pueden separar…

    Para mí la periferia son muchas cosas, en este momento de una pandemia mundial, Cual es la periferia que vivo? A que periferia estoy llamada como religiosa? El Papa dice que la periferia es salir fuera, en estos momentos nos ha tocado vivir en la periferia de puertas cerradas, una periferia de dolor, de cara al sufrimiento de tantos. Una periferia de brazos cruzados, donde no podemos acompañar, abrazar, no podemos compartir ni socializar…la periferia, lo que nos rodea es desolación, enfermedad, muerte….Vivimos en periferia..Dentro de esta periferia comienza a verse una pequeña luz…

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  2. Yes, in our Provident God’s loving plan every creature has value and significance. Humanity represents and shares in God’s creative power. I feel a surge of creativity when by an ocean or lake as the sunrises. I am both at the margins and in the center. I can sing and I can dance and I can pray…Praise to our Provident God!
    Kathleen

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  3. A group of about 20 sisters came together for prayer and reflection. A couple comments after sharing include:
    Looking at the periphery of suffering we can often time see good that flows from the suffering such as people reaching out to those who are hurting – experiencing community in a new way.
    Thinking of creation when young – pictured it as God did it and that was the end – now I understand how God’s work is ongoing …another thought of creation as giving life to nature which helps us see creation in new ways. Sister Rose Anne

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  4. I see the distinction between “nature” and “creation” as two different ways of perceiving the same reality. It is not an “either-or” but a “both-and”. Cultivating a “both-and” perspective has broadened my vision and stretched my spirituality to become more inclusive of differing perspectives. It’s another entry into the margins.

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  5. Searching for the margins to find a new future, we feel an urgency to act now, to return to the Lord with our whole hearts. We are invited to review, assess, and evaluate are present situations and reach towards the future with forgiveness, kindness, and compassion. In this future we remember that we are ambassadors for Christ. We are ambassadors in the name of Christ for the people to whom God leads us. Sr. Pat Eeckhout CDP

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    1. I can identify with the urgency to act now, …especially during COVID. Evaluating the present situation, amidst vaccinations and anxiety, I strive to reach out to my neighbors, sisters, colleagues, family and my acquaintances who find themselves living in the margins in new and creative ways.

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