Creation Time Reflections
One sister wrote, “Here are my favorite passages in the book:
‘Everything in nature is a love-note from God……..the great lover who chooses to convey boundless affection for us. Sky, light, clouds, living things – the delicacy of the flower….these are the caresses of God.’ (page 19)
The cosmos is the monstrance of God. Everything exists in the womb of divine being.’ (p27)
I like the idea of ‘…the seamless garment of God’s Creation…’ (p17). Pope Francis says: ‘It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the last speck of dust of our planet.’ (LS9)
The humble leaf attracted much attention during reflection times and some sisters wrote:
“Finding God in a Leaf’ makes me appreciate LEAVES and the important role they play in nature. ‘Leaves are small but well-organised living factories ‘ “ (p14)
Another sister who routinely sweeps up a multitude of leaves around the house each Autumn reflected on “A messy pile of autumn leaves is a divine mystery before being a problem to be swept up.”(p24) She writes that this Autumn she was less burdened by the task and memories arose of how as a child on her way to and from school she and her friends would enjoy walking through the fallen leaves and catching their fragrance.
Another spoke of reflecting on a leaf and how it had become quite obvious to her that God was present in each one.
A sister said that as leaves cling to the branch so do we to Christ and through him we are connected to each other and to all creation.
A sister wrote: “When Jesus said of Creation ‘Look, behold!’ I never thought he was speaking about the tiniest things”. ‘God has written a precious book, whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe. No creature is excluded from this manifestation of God: from panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form.’” (LS 85)
While discussing Creation Time one sister said in passing: “There was a small spider in my shower and he seemed lost so I showed him the way out.”
The Passion of Sister Earth Today (p48)
The adverse effects on Creation was noted by a sister:
“Reading this reflection reminded me of a recent programme on BBC called
‘Drowning in Plastic’, the damage being done to sea creatures especially and another programme called ‘Fashions Dirty Secrets’ which told of the effects of the fashion industry on the environment, drying up rivers and putting chemicals in the water and the effects on the poor families living by the rivers and lakes.”
“Through using the reflections from the booklet ‘Finding God in a Leaf ‘ I was brought to the realisation of how much I take creation for granted. That in pausing, looking and hearing the splendour of God’s creation around me, I am made aware of how I am one with it all. God loves me and all His creation as ONE. Therefore, I have a big responsibility of caring for creation.”
“Since reading about the season of creation Sisters’ (on the care floor, Hackney) have had dreams and thoughts about the planet. It has created a new awareness of the earth and in concrete terms in remembering how lovely it was to be in a garden and growing plants.”
God in all that exists
“I also found the little booklet, ‘Finding God in a Leaf’ very inspiring and could well be used as a gospel-like companion. My greatest awakening from it was ‘So God is to be found in computers, in trucks, cars and roads, in soaring buildings and tiny hovels’ and the list goes on. “Note that in terms of ‘nature’ and ‘creation’ we include all that exists…..what is manmade too’” (page 13).
Sharing Creation Time with others:
“The Book about Creation time-Finding God in a Leaf, I used daily and found it a real source for prayer.
I was giving a short reflection to the Parish Ladies Group for their September Monthly Meeting. That particular evening we were thinking about Water, and the gift it is to us all. We looked at a short DVD from Cafod, about parts of our world where there is practically no clean drinking water. We then moved into our little Chapel, and I read to the group from page 20-21 of ‘Finding God in a Leaf’ which is about the Holy Spirit in the work of Creation. We had a time of quiet prayer and then listened to the hymn: “Come to the Well”- by Bernadette Farrell.
There is so much we could use in relation to Creation in this Book.”
The Eucharist and the Universe
“ There were many things I loved about this book, this is one: ‘The Eucharist is embedded in cosmic history, it stretches all the way back to the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.’ The writer goes on to explain by offering an image: ‘if you want to make an apple pie from scratch you must first invent the universe…..flour is needed which requires wheat and milling equipment – metal, farms, soil, minerals, farming skills, seeds, likewise for apples- and don’t forget the bees. You will need to organize the climate, throw in the sun, clouds, rain and seasons. Invent electricity, add water, a few cloves and sugar. To truly say it was I who made the pie you’ll have to make the primary elements, which you’d sweep up from dead stars. And don’t forget to create a dynamic order so everything happens at the right time and dovetails with everything else! Now imagine what has to go in to the making of the ingredients of the Eucharist. How true it is to say that the Eucharist embraces all of creation (in all time).’” (p 31)
“May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.”