Tag: Pope Francis

Pray for the Earth

COP26 begins tomorrow. There is no more important & urgent issue facing our world today. There are many countries represented and about 3,000+ will be there in Glasgow.
But there are billions who have a say in the future of our Planet, most of whom will not be heard.

So, though we cannot be present, we can take part on their behalf. We can pray for and hold in love those for whom this Conference is really about. That includes childen and those yet to be born. It is our responsibility to work for them.
There are animals and birds and fish and all of the Natural world. They too have no voice unless we take our responsibility seriously and BE their voice.
We are the voice to of the poor. Pope Francis has asked us to Listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most.” We are their voice too.

Here is a Prayer from Pope Francis to help us be that voice -a Prayer for the Earth

A Prayer for our Earth

All-powerful God,
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

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.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Prayer of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’

Indestructible Love

Another Tweet from my friend Joyce Smith.
A reminder to us that at the heart of the gift that God gives us in Jesus is a guarantee, a pledge and a promise by God that His relationship with us, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is rooted in self-giving Love.
A Love which can never be taken from us.

As the first letter of John (4:9-10) assures us:

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loves us.

And as Pope Francis says – that love is indestructible !