Roger Lopez, OFM, has words for us to savor on Earth Day.
“Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore—Praise be to you, my Lord. In the words of this beautiful canticle, St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.” Pope Francis writes in Laudato Si’.
He goes on to write: “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. Nature is at our disposition and we are called to exercise a responsible stewardship over it. The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things.”
Father Roger Lopez, OFM, echoes that sentiment in today's video—a perfect message for Earth Day.