A person looking out over mountains
Pause and Pray

There Is No Planet ‘B’

Sep 20, 2022
Ice caps in Iceland


Some don’t want to hear that the material world is sacred, because they’d rather exploit it. But scientists have sent a clear wake-up call. To summarize briefly: the greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) trap the sun’s heat, melting the polar ice caps and warming the oceans. As sea levels rise, disastrous weather results--a preview of the wide-spread drought and massive flooding that could destroy coastal areas and islands.


Gracious God, show each person what one small part
we can contribute to the healing and protection of our earth,
air and water
the only home we have. Then give each of us the courage
to begin doing whatever that small part might be.


Read Psalm 65 slowly and thoughtfully, adding anything you'd like to this praise of the Creator.

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George Marsh
Tue, 09/20/2022 - 11:31 AM
George Marsh
Any day is a good day to praise God and thank God for all the blessings earth and all creatures enjoy. Psalm 65 is beautiful. Your closing prayer suggests the practical obligation on the stewards of the world. The prophet Amos has God spurning liturgical praise and feasts in God's honor. Instead, God urges humans to "let justice surge like waters, and righteousness like an unfailing stream." (Amos 5: 21-24 is the Scripture reading before the Mass in today's issue of "Give Us This Day.")

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