The Beauty of Spring
Sister Maureen Roe, RSM
EACH SEASON BRINGS A BEAUTY OF ITS OWN, BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT SPRING IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR. IT NEVER FAILS TO CHEER MY HEART TO SEE DORMANT PLANTS COME TO LIFE AGAIN. BROWN REPLACED BY GREEN. ROSE BUSHES THAT LOOKED LIKE STICKS A WEEK AGO NOW TEEM WITH GREEN LEAVES AND NEW BUDS.
THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR CELEBRATING SPRING AT CORMARIA. I HAVE HEARD FROM SO MANY OF YOU ABOUT THE RICHNESS OF THE COLORS AND VARIETIES OF THE PLANTS AND BUSHES MY EYES ARE ABOUT TO FEAST ON. I SEEN PICTURES BUT CAN’T WAIT TO WITNESS IT ALL IN PERSON!
WHAT I DO REALIZE THAT ALL OF THIS IS A GIFT TO US FROM A LOVING GOD, ONE WHO’S CREATION IS SACRED AND SPECIAL. BUT WE KNOW THAT CREATION IS ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER. POPE FRANCIS AND MANY OTHER SCIENTISTS, GLOBAL LEADERS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE WARNING US OF THE DANGERS THAT LIE AHEAD IF WE DON’T ACT QUICKLY. IN HIS LANDMARK ENCYCLICAL, “LAUDATO SI, EARTH: OUR COMMON HOME,” POPE FRANCIS STATES THE FOLLOWING WORDS. I THINK THEY PROVIDE US WITH FRUITFUL FOOD FOR THOUGHT DURING SPRING AND THE TIME OF RESURRECTION.
Pope Francis states: There is an “urgent challenge to protect our common home … to bring the whole human family together to seek sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” .
Thus introduces Pope Francis’s plea of Laudato Si, a text of such landmark significance that it may well become one of the most important sources of Catholic Social Teaching since its inception with Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum in 1891. Both the title of the encyclical (“On Care for Our Common Home”) and it's an opening quote from St. Francis’s canticle establish the focus of this text.
It’s all about relationships.
In the introductory section, Francis, following his thirteenth-century namesake, calls the earth our “common home,” which is like our sister and our mother. But we are damaging this familial relationship as we harm the environment. In so doing, we are damaging our relationship with other humans, particularly those least equipped to defend themselves: the poor and future generations. We forget our interconnectedness with the earth and with those around and ahead of us who depend on our good stewardship of the gift of creation.
LET’S THINK AND REFLECT ON THIS AS WE WALK AROUND THE GROUNDS OF CORMARIA THIS SPRING!