Day 27 - Monday of 4th week of Lent
Our favourite things in creation:
• a sunrise on a cold frosty morning
• the ocean
• trees - specifically, when you see a bunch of trees when the leaves have grown back and they look really nice and green
• sunshine at the beach
• the smell of wet grass on a sunny morning
LCSB Teens Group
Day 26 - 4th Sunday of Lent - Laetare Sunday - Mothering Sunday
Day 25 - Saturday of 3rd week of Lent
"How can you buy the sky?" Chief Seattle began.
How can you own the rain and the wind?
"My mother told me, every part of this earth is sacred to our people. Every pine needle. Every sandy shore. Every mist in the dark woods. Every meadow and humming insect. All are holy in the memory of our people.”
Speech by Chief Seattle 1854
Day 24 - Friday of 3rd week of Lent
"At every sunset and every sunrise, I saw from the space station how thin the earth’s atmosphere is. We see the atmosphere obliquely when the sun is low on the horizon and shining through it and it’s the tiniest strip of gas, just 16km thick, and this really reminds you that if it weren’t for that strip of gas, earth would be like Mars or Venus and this would be a hostile planet."
Tim Peake: Homesick Planet BBC Radio 4; broadcast Friday 3 March 2023
Day 23 - Thursday of 3rd week of Lent
“ This is true religion, that everyone, according to their station, should borrow from this frail world as little as possible of food, clothes, goods and all worldly things."
The Ancrene Rule ("Rule for Anchoresses"),
quoted on the Root and Branch website
Primula Vulgaris - Wikipedia
Day 22 - Wednesday of 3rd week of Lent
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
from Laudato Sí prayer
Day 21 - Tuesday of 3rd week of Lent
Carmelites have altitude...and attitude;
they embrace many environments.
Claiming Elijah and Mary as godparents,
they look down on Oxford from Boars Hill.
Their watchwords of:
the cross; silence;
illuminate Lent and Easter.
Following Madre Teresa,
Carmelites are primed to include, to respect:
"In this house,
all must be friends,
all must be loved,
all must be held dear,
all must be helped.”
Day 19 - 3rd Sunday of Lent - Rest Day
Day 18 - Saturday of 2nd week of Lent
‘We need to be silent, we need to listen, and we need to contemplate … Contemplating and caring: these are two attributes that show the way to correct and rebalance our relationship as human beings with creation.’
Pope Francis: General Audience 16 September 2020, Vatican Media
Day 17 - Friday of 2nd week of Lent
‘Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and Clouds and Storms, and all the weather,
through which you give your creatures sustenance.
Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water,
she is very useful, and humble, and precious and pure.’
St Francis: Canticle of the Sun
Day 14 - Tuesday of 2nd week of Lent
We are all children of God, each of us chosen by Him and as such we are entitled to use the same defence as the son of God did himself. So, just like Jesus, let us store scripture and know how to use it. And, may we not veer into the wilderness and temptations of daily life but keep our eyes on God in everything we do, think or say.
Peter Walker - Doves of Peace - Rochester Cathedral
Day13 - Monday of 2nd week of Lent
Laudato Sì - praise be to Thee - everything that is - from mosses to stars - lands thriving, lands in sorrow - each and every place, large or small, that we inhabit for this brief life - paying attention to all this: that everything is prayer.
Photo: Greg Rakozy, Unsplash.com
Day 12 - 2nd Sunday of Lent - Rest Day
Day11 - Saturday of 1st week of Lent
“Creation is the song of God.”
“Every creature is a glittering,
glistening mirror of divinity.”
St Hildegard of Bingen - 1098-1178
Photo: Jonny Gios: Unsplash.com
Day 10 - Friday of 1st week of Lent
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1: 11 - 12
Day 8 - Wednesday of 1st week of Lent
"Lack of equipment should not mean that you are unequipped, for you will carry skills and experience with you, but those skills and experience must not be allowed to get rusty and you must extend your knowledge all the time." Collins Gem SAS Survival Guide
Photo: Antarctic Photo Library, US Antarctic Programme
Day 7 - Tuesday of 1st week of Lent
“What are the gifts you most want for the young people you love?” (Nicholas Holtam: Sleepers Wake)
The degradation of the natural world that we are now witnessing, and indeed to which we are now contributing, will be felt much more by our grandchildren and their children than by us. Young people across the world are demanding change. We owe it to them to play our part in making that change happen.
Day 5 - 1st Sunday of Lent - Rest Day
Day 4 - Saturday after Ash Wednesday
‘The desert will bloom with flowers’ Isaiah 35:2
A visit to the Anza-Barrego desert in the US where the flowers bloomed this month for the first time in 4 years. They were waiting for the exact combination of rain, cool and sun.
We pray that the seeds of renewal for the work of climate change will blossom when the time is right.
Day 2 - Thursday after Ash Wednesday
The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy - and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation - and we scientists don’t know how to do that.
Gus Speth: The Bridge at the End of the World: Capitalism, the Environment and Crossing from Christ
to Sustainability (Yale University Press)
Annual Global Temperatures from 1850 - 2017
Ed Hawkins NCAS University of Reading
The Caring for Creation group invites you to contribute to a Lenten Calendar. We’re just looking for a short reflection of one or two lines (about 50 words) that will help us deepen our response to God’s call to care for his world.
If you’d like to include a picture (500 kb minimum) that would be lovely, but not essential.
We will start on Ash Wednesday and hope to have a reflection for every day of Lent. We need your contributions to make possible our Lenten journey of hope and love for our beautiful world.