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God’s First Book

yellow lillies


St. Bonaventure said creation was God’s first book, leading us back to God if we “read” it properly. Choose some natural wonder: a leaf, turtle, flower, stone, cat, tree or blade of grass. Remember: Jesus said “consider the lilies,” not look at them or smell them, but reflect on them. What does it show you about God?


God you hide in surprising graces:
An angle of light, a fragrant flower, 
The bend of a stem or willow branch. 
Help me see you there anew. 


Check out the Franciscan Action Network website, full of practical ideas for action, a guide to Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si,” and changing resources

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