The Catholic Diocese of Lexington Earth Day Prayer
Thank you for the glorious gift of the earth, especially our own little piece of it! The entire material universe speaks of Your love, Your boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. Help us to share our intimate connection and Care of our Common Home through care of creeks and mountains, meadows, and forests. Help us to share our relationships and knowledge so that all may partake of the gracious bounty that You have given us.
Awaken our memories to those places where revisiting them is a chance to recover something of our true selves in You, our God. For we all remember places, and revisiting those memories does us much good; especially those of us who have grown up in the hills or used to sit by the spring to drink, or played outdoors in the neighborhood square. Going back to those places is a chance to recover something of our true selves. May we continue to cultivate this great love revealed into us in your creation and in those places in our memories. In your Holy name, we pray!
Written for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington by members of the Laudato Si Commission. 2021