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Nature as Companion
By
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Source: The Simple Way
Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saint Francis called all animals “brother” or “sister” and we read in his story how even wild animals came running to him as their friend and companion.

Is nature for us merely a thing? Or are animals and plants living creatures that we embrace as our brothers and sisters?

Why does it matter what we think of the natural world? If the natural world only serves our need to dominate instead of our need to name and cherish, then one of God’s first purposes in creating us is dismissed: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15).

What have I done to insure the tilling and the preserving of the earth?

Adapted from The Simple Way: Meditations on the Words of Saint Francis, by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.


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