The Beauty of Nature

In the Introduction of Laudato Si, Pope Francis points to the beauty of nature:

Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker” (Wis 13:5); indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world” (Rom 1:20). For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty. Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.

When was the last time you stopped and looked at nature with adoring eyes? Are you amazed when you see the Olympics or Mount Rainier or cherry blossoms or a hummingbird in your garden? When was the last time you thanked God for the beauty of creation?

How about adding some plants to your backyard that attract bees, butterflies, and birds? You can also help the wildlife in your backyard proliferate by refusing to use pesticides and other toxic chemicals on your lawn and plants.

Working together, we can help take care of our common home.

Paul Litwin

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