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St. Francis

The joyful simplicity that has proved so attractive an aspect of Francis’s legacy was no naive optimism or mystical romanticism. The poet David Craig captures Francis’s passion:

But how could he get his friends

to know what was real, and missing,

what demanded so much?

— Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation, p. 137

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Restoring Sabbath

Restoring the sabbath to creation calls a halt to the productivity from which the Earth knows no relief, from global transactions that operate around the clock. Sabbath days or moments secure a silence that reveals the meaning of existence beyond work and activity, a pause that honors the grace that brings all toil to fruition.  In these quiet intervals we can let the imago Dei  embed itself ever more deeply in our hearts and imaginations. Rhythmically repeating short prayers, matching them to the movement of our breath, allows the meaning of creation in the divine image to resonate within us.

— Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation, p. 16

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Birthing justice

Through prayer, we become partners with a God in hard labor to birth justice and a new heaven and earth. This God urges us beyond violence and exploitation to ever greater inclusiveness and reconciliation with all beings. Left to our own efforts, we despair of such a vision ever becoming a reality. But we do not depend solely on our own limited resources to heal the world’s brokenness; we do our part and then rely on God for the rest.

— Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation, p. 53

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Wonder

Wonder suspends our usual goal-oriented activity and our tendency to break things down into manageable size. This distinguishes it from other emotions, such as fear and anger, which tend to move us toward immediate action. In wonder we have a particularly strong sense of the present and its fullness. We come to appreciate the value of both persons and nature, and this provides a foundation for subsequent action.

— Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation, p. 64

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Kinship

Kinship with other creatures involves us in complicated interactions with plants and animals as we exchange energy with them and participate in the food chain that sustains us all. This web of kinship is no romantic notion, but marked by the sacrifice one life form makes for the survival of another, by the many deaths that generate new life.

— Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation, p. 7

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Divine artist

Something of an artist always lives on in her works. Made in God’s image, all creation holds up a mirror in which we glimpse traces of the divine beauty and holiness.

— Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation, p. 4

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Who we are meant to be

We must be ready to surrender to the process of transformation ahead of us; eager, or at least willing, to appropriate the patterns of the Beloved Sophia and move with the earth toward greater variety, intensity, and depth of expression.

— Constance FitzGerald

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