downloadable PDF file: Women of Faith Resources April 2018
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII
“Spring is made of solid, fourteen-karat gratitude, the reward for the long wait. Every religious tradition from the northern hemisphere honors some form of April hallelujah, for this is the season of exquisite redemption, a slam-bang return to joy after a season of cold second thoughts.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
“Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows. ~ Native American Proverb
Featured Day: April 22 ~ Earth Day
Each year, Creation Justice Ministries offers Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and more rightly share God’s creation. The 2018 theme is “Sense of Place” and offers insights about living in harmony with local ecosystems and watersheds, rightly sharing places with a diversity of peoples, and respecting the history of one’s own place.
Type Earth Day 2018 in your browser to find multiple resources.
Lectio/Audio Divina: Reflections for meditation
Psalm 104: Psalm 104 proclaims that all creation is made by and sustained through, God. Try praying Psalm 104 by substituting names of birds, creatures, and natural, geological features found in your own area, your state, your city, or your neighborhood.
An 11 year-old’s inspirational reflection on love for the earth
A 20 year-old talks about the Climate Movement
A 16-year-old indigenous change agent, environmental activist, public speaker, eco hip-hop artist, and the Youth Director of Earth Guardians – Xiuhtezcatl (Pronounced “Shu-tez-caat”) is a powerful voice on the front lines of the youth-led climate movement.
An Ecological Examen
This Ecological Examen invites us to pray, reflect, and act to deepen our call to care for creation and our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. We seek a conversion of heart to embrace ecological justice and Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home.
Audio Divina: Music accompanied by images
Enjoy the following selections and let your heart and soul be touched by their messages.
Every Day Is Earth Day: “The Earth does not belongs to us, we belong to the Earth” (Chief Seattle).
Happy Earth Day 2012: National Park pictures for Earth Day 2012 with music by John Denver
Nature’s Symphony : Soothing classical music and spectacular wildlife footage.
Wonderful classical music and breathtaking scenes from the natural world combine to transport you to a more relaxing and peaceful place. The perfect accompaniment for relaxing, daydreaming or as a background to study. Taken from an original Reader’s Digest video production.
For Spiritual Reading
In an interview entitled “Beyond Environment: Falling Back in Love with Mother Earth“, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change.
To understand the connection between the environment, our health and our ministry’s commitment to faithfully heal the earth, the Catholic Health Association offers several resources: a video, prayer service and prayer cards.
Visio Divina: Art for Prayer and Meditation
“Visual images are another doorway to sacred awareness. They can touch into our desire to grow in intimacy with God. So, we encourage one another to let ourselves be touched by the colors, shapes, figures and symbols that capture our attention most as we are praying. While gazing at an image ~ a painting, a photo, an icon, a sculpture, a piece of pottery … something may leap out at us, calling our attention to something of God just waiting to reveal itself to us.”
(Ideas inspired by Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman in their book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. See also Abbey of the Arts.)
This triptych is found in the chapel of Genesis Spiritual Life Center in Westfield, MA. The Cosmic Christ is central to this artwork created by Brother Michael Moran. The right panel represents creation at its best. The left panel depicts the effects of pollution and global warming. What does this rendition of Creation call forth from you as you contemplate it?
Read more about The Living Pyramid
(I could not find if this pyramid still exists.)
Now, reflect with this environmental structure. What is it saying to you?
Wall-E is a mobile trash compactor whose mission is to clean up his planet. Strong environmental messages fill this movie: reduce, reuse, recycle, and think about what you’re doing to the planet. Can be found on Amazon.com.
Ecological Learning through Direct Experience: Bringing ecological knowledge to Nature brings wholeness to the inner learnings of the natural world.
Tales By Light: See our world through the eyes of photographer/explorers.
Creation Justice.org: Sense of Place
Earth Day.org 2018 Theme: Emphasizes the 2018 theme End Plastics Pollution
Earth Day.org: Information on the mission of the Earth Day Network