Francis of Assisi saw the presence of God in all of Creation, so he embraced everything as a Brother or Sister, and joined all creation in a familial relationship.
Joseph Carver SJ offers us a wonderful tool below to take our temperature as we approach a loving God who is present in all His creation
Ecological Examen by: Joseph Carver, SJ
All creation reflects the beauty and blessing of God’s image.
Where was I most aware of this today?
Can I identify and pin-point how I made a conscious effort to care for God’s creation during this day?
What challenges or joys do I experience as I recall my care for creation?
How can I repair breaks in my relationship with creation, in my unspoken sense of superiority?
As I imagine tomorrow, I ask for the grace to see the Incarnate Christ in the dynamic interconnections of all Creation.
Conclude with the prayer of Jesus:
The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
This prayer invites conversion and reminds us that all serious solutions to the ecological crisis of our time include the demand that we human beings change our thinking, relationships and behaviors so that we may be woven into the unity of creation.