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Day 44 - Maundy Thursday

“Give yourself over to me; let me make you my very own creation, my very own image and counterpart! Let me truly make you what you are!” 


Sr Laurel M.O’Neil Er Dio: Stillsong Hermitage

February 2017

 

Julia Guest

Stillsong Hermitage 2017

Day 43 - Wednesday of Holy Week

Think of all that humankind has done, for good and evil, in our fragile biosphere.

 

Wonder at how we can travel along that thin blue line to the other side of the world.

 

With God's help, work to protect this shield that supports all life on earth.

Peter  Agius

Graphic by PA

Day 42 - Tuesday of Holy Week

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun;
to the furthest end of the sky is its course.”


Psalm 18:1,7a (The Grail)


“I am the light of the world.”

 

James Westlake

Sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, © 2011,

Day 41 - Monday of Holy Week

Living in the present moment - Living at all times in God's presence.

 

One day St Francis was hoeing his garden: someone asked him what he would do if he was told that he would die before sunset that day. He said, 'I would finish hoeing my garden.'

Richard Watts

Day 40 - Palm Sunday - Rest Day

Day 39 - Saturday of 5th week of Lent

Teach us to respect and love our beautiful world.

From the LCSB Community Prayer

Chris Dobson

Day 38 - Friday of 5th week of Lent

We can run headlong into disaster, or we can sleepwalk into it, but we can no longer say that we do not know the impact of the way we are living.

Nicholas Holtam: Sleepers Wake, SPCK Publishing

 

Katie Livesey

Image: Catherine Davison/DW

Day 37 - Thursday of 5th week of Lent

“When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what are we that you should keep us in mind,
mere mortals that you care for us?” 


Psalm 8:4-5


God saw all he had made; it was very good.

James Westlake

Strawberry Full Moon, © 2022, James Westlake

Day 36 - Wednesday of 5th week of Lent

“Out of Darkness cometh Light”.  

The Wolverhampton City motto seems very appropriate
for such a diverse multi-faith city.

 

This leads in very well to the motto of our local St Francis and St Clare Catholic Multi-Academy Company/Trust

“To follow the light of Christ”.

 

Chris Walker

Day 35 - Tuesday of 5th week of Lent

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,

in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

Ephesians 5: 19-20

Margaret O'Leary

Day 34 - Monday of  5th week of Lent

The dream of my life
Is to lie down by a slow river
And stare at the light in the trees —
To learn something by being nothing
A little while but the rich
Lens of attention.

From Twelve Moons by Mary Oliver

Julia Powles

Day 33 - 5th Sunday of Lent - Rest Day

Day 32 - Saturday of 4th week of Lent

Look out from a high place and what do we see? The wonder of creation or a broken world? The Devil took Jesus to a high place. What did He see? The brokenness of humankind, made in His Father’s image and chose to mend it by being broken for us.

 

James Guest

Day 31 - Friday of 4th week of Lent

Planting trees is a sign of harmony between us and creation and a sign of hope in a greener future, of habitable space for future generations.

Nicholas Holtam: Sleepers Wake, SPCK Publishing

Peter Stott

Day 30 - Thursday of 4th week of Lent

Three little words to keep us constantly in touch with God throughout the day :

 

Thank you ,

please,

sorry.

Erik Pearse

Day 29 - Wednesday of 4th week of Lent

‘In all of the natural world, we see the Vestigia Dei, which means the fingerprints or footprints of God.’ 

 

Richard Rohr

Clare Morgan

Day 28 - Tuesday of 4th week of Lent

Live simply, live sustainably, live in solidarity.
Lord God , teach us true humility and real compassion.

Margaret O'Leary

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

Deryn Stewart

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

Photo:NASA

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

Peter Stott

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

Catherine Stott

Stock image

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;
empty space; 
and love 
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.”

Mike Woodward

Day 20 - Monday of 3rd week of Lent

"Our sins are nothing but a grain of sand alongside the great mountain of God's mercy."


St. John Vianney

James Westlake

James Westlake - Hawaii landscape

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

Anna Mace-Leska

Day 16 - Thursday of 2nd week of Lent

May we learn to look at your beautiful world with the gaze of a child.

Helen Healy

Day15 - Wednesday of 2nd week of Lent

Love the world around you. Let's not waste the planet.

Janet Lees

Bob Warwicker - Cross Wise Trees

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.

Derek Gallagher

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.

Carmela Hinckley

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

Mary Hirst

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

 

Julia Guest

Day 9 - Thursday of 1st week of Lent

“Each act has webs of cause and effect that ripple out, reverberating and shifting … unwritten histories.” 

Bella Lack: The Children of the Anthropocene

(Penguin Life)

Sr Phillipa (Stanbrook Abbey)

​From the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) magazine

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

Deryn Stewart

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.

Peter Stott

Day 6 - Monday of 1st week of Lent

 

Waiting for new life.

Barbara Simon

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. 

Adam Simon

Day 3 - Friday after Ash Wednesday

We live surrounded by majestic trees: beech, ash, oak, yew.  But like us they experience stress and strain.  Beauty and graciousness coexisting with struggle and pain. 

 

Tim Livesey

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 

Ash Wednesday

Ash is a strange symbol with which to mark a beginning, but here we are, at the beginning of Lent, using ashes to remind ourselves of the journey we are about to undertake.

 

Elizabeth Serpell

Hiking Trail

As we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love. 

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