Second Week of Lent

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February 26, 2021

Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. (Laudito Si, p. 84)

“The health of a society can be judged by its periphery. A periphery that is abandoned, sidelined, despised, and neglected shows an unstable, unhealthy society that cannot long survive without major reforms.” (p.126)

Questions for Reflection, Journaling and Sharing

  • Do I truly believe that no creature is superfluous, that everything is a reflection of God’s love, a caress of God? How am I challenged by this thought?
  • How would I assess the health of the peripheries I encounter?

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Segundo semana de Cuaresma

26 de febrero de 2021

Nuestra insistencia en que cada ser humano es una imagen de Dios, no debemos sobrepasar por alto el hecho de que cada criatura tiene su propio propósito. Nada es superfluo. Todo el universo material habla del amor de Dios, su afecto ilimitado por nosotros. Tierra, agua, montañas: todo es, por así decirlo, una caricia de Dios. (Laudato Si, p. 84)

La salud de una sociedad se puede juzgar por su periferia.  Una periferia que está abandonada, marginada, despreciada y descartada apunta a una sociedad inestable y malsana que no va a sobrevivir por mucho tiempo sin grandes reformas”.  (Soñemos juntos, p.126)

Preguntas para la reflexión, llevar un diario y compartir

  •  ¿Creo de verdad que ninguna criatura es superflua, que todo es un reflejo del amor de Dios, una caricia de Dios? ¿Cómo me desafía este pensamiento?
  •  ¿Cómo evaluaría la salud de las periferias con las que estoy en contacto?

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Illustrations:

  • File Name: File Name: L&R_F3fR-Crop. Dragonfly on Yorkshire Fog Grass (Holcus ianatus), Chris Tomlin, ©2011, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Name: HisM1hRLP-Crop. Leafcutter Ants (1 Chronicles: 25), Chris Tomlin, ©2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Name: HisW3hRLP-Crop. Cameleon (2 Maccabees:15), Chris Tomlin, ©2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

8 Comments

  1. The way we humans live have immense ramifications for the rest of creation around us. I noticed this especially on walks with my 3 year old grand nephew. Lucas stops and admires the smallest aspects of creation while watching a butterfly fly away or a worm that inches across the sidewalk. Sticks and stones are not used as weapons, but rather treasured and put on display. I pray that I can envision creation through the eyes of a three year old child.

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  2. This reflection reminds me of my mom, Elsie. My mom could not kill a bug or a spider. I remember watching her catch a spider under a plastic bowl, slip a piece of paper underneath the bowl and free the spider outside.
    She certainly found wonder and value in all God’s creatures. I continually strive for my mom’s appreciation of nature. Tomorrow, I will take a nature walk and see what I can discover in the intricacies and peripheries in the world around me.

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  3. May we raise children
    who love the unloved
    things – the dandelion, the
    worms & spiderlings.
    Children who sense
    the rose needs the thorn
    & run into rainswept days
    the same way they
    turn towards sun…
    And when they’re grown &
    someone has to speak for those
    who have no voice
    may they draw upon that
    wilder bond, those days of
    tending tender things
    and be the ones.
    ~ Nicolette Sowder
    http://www.wilderchild.com

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  4. I delight in ladybugs, but certainly not stink bugs. I welcome cardinals and wrens to the bird feeder, but am irritated with squirrels and raccoons. Some are obvious caresses of our Provident God; others, not so obvious. Daily, I am challenged to stretch the boundaries of inclusion. I entreat the Creator of us all. to do in me, what I can’t do on my own.

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  5. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love. This reminded me of walks that I experienced with my nieces and nephews when they were small and we were looking for autumn leaves. It was hard for them to decide which ones to pick up because the colors were amazing. “Look at this one” was what I heard most often. And I would look and be treated to God’s creativity. We looked for rocks and seashells at other times and continued to treasure each and place them in special places where we lived so we could keep appreciating them. When I think of any one or part of creation that is on the peripheries, I want to honor them by learning more about them and appreciating their place in the community we share.

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  6. “The entire material universe speaks of God’s love for us, his boundless affection for us.” This sentence struck me when I first read it and has stayed with me all week. There have been so many beautiful sunsets lately; photos have been posted and shared. Each time I behold one myself I think of that boundless affection God has for each of us, for every creature. It makes me think of the vastness of creation…in its oceans and mountains, in the unique smiles of each person I meet throughout the day. Today I saw the first shoots in our yard of the jonquils that spring will bring. Beautiful now in their early green sprouting. And I ask myself: how am I trusting in what is growing in me, in what most wants to spring forth? Praise to you, Creator of all!

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  7. As a child I remember thinking the world would be better off without mosquitoes and flies and spiders! But not so. God has created them all with amazing gifts as well as behaviors that can sometimes annoy or frighten. The incredible intricacies of butterfly wings, the engineering miracle of a bumblebee in flight, or the amazing tumbles of the armored stink bug placing itself upright–God’s glory and artistry is in each one. I pray I can always find wonder in my heart at each person and creature and growing thing God created. It can be a challenge to slow down and appreciate each but what better reason this Lenten springtime bro slow down?

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