Happy Earth Day 2012


I trust in you, O Lord. You are my God.
My times are in your hands. Psalm 30:1

Learn by little the desire for all things which perhaps is not desire at all
but undying love which perhaps

is not love at all but gratitude

for the being of all things which

perhaps is not gratitude at all

but the maker’s joy in what is made,

the joy in which we come to rest.   

                                          Wendell Berry

Let us bless the imagination of the Earth.
That knew early the patience to harness the mind of time,
Waited for the seas to warm, ready to welcome the emergence
Of things dreaming of voyaging among the stillness of land…

Let us thank the Earth that offers ground for home
And holds our feet firm to walk in space open to infinite galaxies.

Let us salute the silence and certainty of mountains:
Their sublime stillness, their dream-filled hearts.

The wonder of a garden trusting the first warmth of spring…
The humility of the Earth that transfigures all that has fallen of outlived growth.

The kindness of the Earth, opening to receive
our worn forms into the final stillness.

Let us ask forgiveness of the Earth
For all our sins against her:
for our violence and poisonings of her beauty.

Let us remember within us the ancient clay, holding the memory of seasons,
The passion of the wind, the fluency of water, the warmth of fire,
The quiver-touch of the sun and shadowed sureness of the moon.

That we may awaken to live to the full the dream of the Earth
Who chose us to emerge and incarnate its hidden night in mind, spirit and light.

John O ' Donohue  (part of the collection To Bless the Space Between Us

                                                                                                   Source image here

We've come a long way (baby) from 1970, when this Earth Day picture was shot, to the present, where conservation is no longer considered a radical, anti-business tenet. The 1970s saw the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Water Act. We still have a long way to go. But on this Earth Day, let's raise a glass of clean water and toast the strides we have taken in making Earth Day a part of every day. "1,000 Words" is a pictorial commentary on events around the world. Today's "1,000 Words" was written by John Sale, assistant managing editor/visuals for The Commercial Appeal

Denis Hayes, one of the organizers of the first Earth Day (1970), puts the movement in its historical context in this interview and takes questions from the American Embassy in Warsaw.

Catholic Ecology Forum Europe here 

Image source BBC here

Geese appear high over us pass, 
and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
— Wendell Berry

And any excuse to show the brilliant What A Wonderful World Video narrated by David Attenborough has to help make this a good day to appreciate and be thankful for our earth.

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