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Pause and Pray

Earth’s Limited Resources

Jul 31, 2022
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St. Francis of Assisi was Pope Francis’ “guide and inspiration” for his letter “Laudato Si” about the environment. Because St. Francis saw the world with more than “intellectual appreciation or economic calculus,” he would sometimes sing in wonder at moon, stars or sun. As the pope points out, we must love the beauty of our world or we’ll treat it like “consumers or ruthless exploiters.”


God of abundance, your gifts to us are fragile.
Teach us to preserve your world.


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Tom Wood
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 03:46 PM
Tom Wood
God has given us a beautiful world to be respected and resources that are to be utilized to improve the lives of all. God didn’t give us resources to be put under glass as museum pieces. We are not to be museum curators but people charged with making our world a more loving, responsible and caring place than we inherited.
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 12:49 PM
I don't understand what point you are trying to make, or where you derive your opinions. Who constitutes the 'all' whose lives are to be improved? I get the feeling your 'all' is limited to Homo sapiens, and every other life is simply 'resources', and if that's true I think you have missed the point of the Pope's comment.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 04:04 PM
Sweet but I prefer the prayers that dig a little deeper.

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