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Loving Nature

To us, a person cannot fully love God unless he or she also loves God's creation:

whether it's expressed in the form of Mary's painting at the top of the page, or in Carol Vito's photo of this winter wonderland,

or through the gentle beauty of this mother and child drinking water,

or the beauty of this spotted touch-me-not,

or through this cat and rat who prove that Isaiah's prophecy of a peaceable kingdom (11:6-9) is a reality,

or through this peaceful encounter with a mouse in a tree.

Comments by Marijonas Vilkelis - 10 Jan 2003

Catholics are renowned for ignoring or denying animal suffering and they are also renowned for having the attitude of 'just passing through' this world.

However, in one particular Catholic liturgy they recite " we wait in joyful hope for the coming of out saviour Jesus Christ, who comes to judge the living and the dead and his Kingdom will have no end".

This line doesn't conjure up a sense of 'just passing through' to me. Instead, it promotes a reason for wanting to be alive for that moment of eternalisation and it also promotes a work ethic to live by - to transform this world to be like heaven. There ain't no hamburgers in heaven...

So I wonder whether most Christians recite their liturgies and their prayers without any conscious awareness of the meaning or the ramifications to their petitions...

Marijonas Vilkelis

Go on to Comments by Stephen Augustine - 10 Jan 2003

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