Journey into Freedom Day 4

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Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: Ask for what you want: Today it is to appreciate God’s good creation and our human call to be co-creators with God and carers of Creation.

Setting: Read the passage below let the words and phrases speak.

Loss of Biodiversity – from Laudato Si’ - a letter from Pope Francis to all people of goodwill

32. The earth’s resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production. The loss of forests and woodlands entails the loss of species which may constitute extremely important resources in the future, not only for food but also for curing disease and other uses. Different species contain genes which could be key resources in years ahead for meeting human needs and regulating environmental problems.

33. It is not enough, however, to think of different species merely as potential “resources” to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves. Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost for ever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.

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Conversation: Talk to God the Creator in your own words about the environment and the way people use or abuse creation. What are your concerns and desires?

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth. -

Pope Francis

Give God the Time of Day

A recommendation when making a retreat is to be faithful to your time of prayer. Decide how long is a reasonable time to spend in prayer and then dedicate that time to God.

Don’t stop praying if nothing seems to be happening or pray for longer than you plan if it is going well. If we get into the habit of giving up if we don’t feel good, then there is a danger we can get out of the habit of praying. And anyway, sometimes the real fruit of the prayer comes in the last few minutes of praying.

If prayer is dry and you are tempted to give up, be generous with your time and give a minute or two more than the time you allotted.