Standing on an untouched shore of Lake Superior, taking in the power and purity of her graceful, rhythmic waves, I feel closest to God. There is an ancient quality to this pristine, cold and deep body of water that brings me into another time, a time before human capacity would overpower and spoil God’s masterpieces. Here I hear a calling to protect and defend God’s Creation, and I abide.
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The Adirondacks in northern New York state, where I’ve spent many hours hiking to the rugged peaks, is my Laudato Si’ place. I have to believe in a loving God who created such beauty, and it’s reassuring that humans can sometimes summon the wisdom to preserve such landscapes as forever wild.
Marianne Comfort, member of the Inter-religious Working Group on Extractive Industries.
Being in nature, being in places of natural beauty, connects me to the Creator, to the divine, and I wonder in awe how this beauty in nature was created. What is sometimes not obvious is connecting with God, creation, and humanity where there is injustice, where there are unspeakable horrors and tragedies of people in wars and conflicts, of lands and waters decimated and stripped of life. But that must be the other side of God where He wants us to connect.
Photo: A volcano erupts in the Philippines (Eloisa Lopez)
Very few of days pass without me hugging a tree. It's how I feel the pulse of wise Earth in silent circulation.
Greg Kennedy, SJ, Spiritual Director at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre
I find resonance and peace when I walk in the woods. When I can share the beauty of creation and awe for Spring bursting forth with my son, the world feels hopeful. I know God’s deep hope is for our global community to thrive—to not only have sustainable livelihoods but also joy at our interconnectedness with each other and the earth.
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