Pause + Pray

The First Book


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 do they 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.


At the Franciscan Action Network website you’ll find practical ideas for action, a guide to Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si,” and other resources.

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