Pray with the four elements to connect to God and the Earth
Thomas Merton: Creation itself is a sacred text through which the presence of God is revealed to us, and by rooting our prayer in the elements, we begin to forge an awareness of how much we are part of creation, according to the Celtic Christian tradition.
God is as close to us as our very breath, according to Psalm 104:3, because the sacred source of life blows this breath of life into all of creation. God breathed life into us at the moment of creation and continues to breathe life into us, through us, and around us.
In the gospel story of the transfiguration, Jesus “shone like the sun” (Matthew 17:2). Here, fire and illumination are once again a window through which to glimpse the divine. On the feast of Pentecost, the story from the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles says, “Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among the apostles.”
In the gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus meets a woman who is desperate for God. There are nearly 3,000 holy wells throughout Ireland, revered in Celtic Christian tradition as sacred places where water surges forth, places of reverence and ritual, blessing and healing.
The sower’s parable invites us to reflect on the state of our own inner soil; in his parables, Jesus uses metaphors of soil and harvest to convey his message; the bread of life sustains us in all of our work and acts of love.
Close by reading Psalm 104, one of the great psalms that celebrates how all creation and the elements praise God. This article also appears in the August 2019 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 84, No. 8, pages 12u201317).
What does God say about creation of the world?
God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning; the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters; and God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
WHO created World Day of Prayer and creation?
Pope Francis declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2015, encouraging Catholics all over the world to pray for our shared home.
What does Genesis reveal about God and creation?
Genesis emphasizes the world’s peaceful origins and inherent goodness over and over again, with God creating human beings with the deliberate intention of sharing the ordering of creation with them (1:26).
What is God’s first creation?
God began creation on the first day, creating light, the sky, and dry land, seas, plants, and trees. On the second day, God created the sky, and on the third day, God created dry land, seas, plants, and trees.
What is best creation of God?
God’s best creation is the human being.
How do we pray for our world?
We have a natural desire to talk to God about people and situations we are familiar with, which allows us to pray more specifically. Here are some suggestions for including the world God loves in your prayer time.
- Pray alphabetically around the world.
- Pray through the news.
- Pray into the 10/40 window.
- Pray all day.
What day Pope Francis decided to set up the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation?
Pope Francis has declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, following the publication of his encyclical Laudato Si, which calls for “ecological conversion.”
What is the message of Pope Francis prayer?
O Jesus, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of today, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
What does God’s creation teach us?
The Psalmist rejoices in the knowledge that God has made humanity “a little lower than God” and has “crowned them with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5), which exemplifies God’s love for us.
Why is God’s creation important?
Humanity’s use of creation must promote u2013 not compromise u2013 creation’s ability to reveal God and provide for humans and other creatures on the earth now and in the future.
Who was God’s first angel?
As a result, the supreme archangel was God’s first creation, followed by other archangels, who are identified with lower Intellects, and from these Intellects, lower angels or “moving spheres,” which, in turn, emanated other Intellects, until it reached the Intellect that reigns over the souls.
How many heavens did God create?
The seven heavens refer to seven levels or divisions of the Heavens (Heaven) in religious or mythological cosmology.
What are the last thing God created?
God did not create Adam and Eve together; instead, when he realized it was not good for Adam to be alone, he decided to create animals from which to choose a helper for Adam.