Take a moment to reflect on the photo.
Since once again, Lord, I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar to say Mass,
I will make the whole earth my altar
and on it will offer you all the labors and all the sufferings of the world.
Instead of bread, I will offer the harvest to be won by today’s labors. Lord, say again the words: This is my Body over every living thing which will spring up, grow, flower, ripen during this day.
Instead of wine, I will offer every activity and force that withers, corrodes, fails, and dies; into my chalice I shall pour all the sap to be pressed from the earth’s fruits. Lord, say again the words: This is my Blood
All the things which today will increase;
all those that will diminish or die:
all of them, Lord, I try to gather into my arms, holding them out to you.
We believe you are present in them.
This is the Mystery of Faith.
— Adapted from Mass on the World by Jesuit Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.
A moment of silence.
Special thanks for the everyday sacred
This Lent the Ecological Sustainability Committee offers these daily reflections. These readings invite us to “Deepen our spirituality” (Directive 1) through contemplation on creation, Scripture, images, poetry and Laudato Si’. The reflections speak of a spirituality that brings us and others closer to God through the gifts and wonders of creation. That spirituality motivates us “to intensify efforts across the congregation to address the destruction of natural resources and the ecological and environmental crisis.” (Directive 4b)