“Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair”
These beautiful words were written by St. Francis in what is called “The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon” (https://ignatiansolidarity.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Canticle-of-Brother-Sun-and-Sister-Moon.pdf). This poem not only reflects St. Francis’ spirituality, but also invites us to consider nature as our relative. When we make this connection, we can appreciate nature not for it’s use, but as something worthy of praise in and of itself. I find this pretty challenging, especially since I usually consider the weather, recreation areas, food and so many other things in the natural world from the perspective of “what value does this have for me?”. St Francis’ canticle draws me out of myself and makes me reconsider how I relate to my environment.
I invite you to read his entire canticle and reflect on how you can recognize and praise brother sun, sister moon and all of nature around you not for use-value, but for its goodness!