Laudato Si 87: God Found in All Things

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. The Jesuits speak of finding God in all things, but Francis nailed it a few centuries prior:

87. When we can see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures and to worship him in union with them. This sentiment finds magnificent expression in the hymn of Saint Francis of Assisi:
Praised be you, my Lord,
with all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day
and through whom you give us light.
And he is beautiful
and radiant with great splendor;
and bears a likeness of you, Most High.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather
through whom you give sustenance
to your creatures.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble
and precious and chaste.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night,
and he is beautiful and playful
and robust and strong”.
[Canticle of the Creatures, in Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, New York-London-Manila, 1999, 113-114]

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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