Pope Francis draws our attention to the reality that we, like Jesus, will die;   but that, like Jesus, our lives, in death, are not ended, but changed.  As we end our Lenten Journey we are given the hope of a “Sabbath of eternity, the new Jerusalem, our common home in heaven”

  1. At the end, we will find ourselves face to face with the infinite beauty of God (cf. 1 Corinthians13:12), and be able to read with admiration and happiness the mystery of the universe, which with us will share in unending plenitude. Even now we are journeying towards the sabbath of eternity, the new Jerusalem, towards our common home in heaven. Jesus says: “I make all things new” (Revelation 21). Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give those poor men and women who will have been liberated once and for all.
  2. In the meantime, we come together to take charge of this home which has been entrusted to us, knowing that all the good which exists here will be taken up into the heavenly feast. In union with all creatures, we journey through this land seeking God, for “if the world has a beginning and if it has been created, we must enquire who gave it this beginning, and who was its Creator”. Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.
  3. God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and the strength needed to continue on our way. In the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present. He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone, for he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward. Praise be to him ! Laudato Si, * 243-245.

 

 

 

An environmental activist, Mary Colwell, begs for a change in our way of speaking about the world.  Colwell cites the language of love and wonder in Laudato Si, she pleads, “Please, please, environmental world, can you only use words that are used in poems, because actually, love of the Earth is all about love”.

Pope Francis

 

 

 

Prayer of St Francis

Praised be you, my Lord,
with all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day and through whom
you give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;
and bears a likeness of you, Most High.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather
through whom you give sustenance to your creatures.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble
and precious and chaste.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night,
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong”

A LENTEN ACTION: 

Visit and pray at the grave of someone you have loved
 

A LENTEN PRAYER:   

Lord, may I live this life joyfully awaiting to behold the light of Your Face.  Amen.

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