© Imelda Maurer, cdp September 1, 2016
Earlier today a Sister friend posted on our Congregational e-bulletin board Pope Francis' "A Prayer for our Earth" on this day which has been marked by Francis as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation". Here is just the very first part of that prayer:
"All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists."
I stopped after reading/praying just that much with this thought flooding my heart: Wouldn't it be a tender gift if every frail elder living in a nursing home or a convent infirmary could lay her head on her pillow at night knowing and feeling that during the day she had experienced that embrace of God's tenderness --- in the face and actions of those who by assignment or appointment are there to meet her needs. Wouldn't that be wonderful! Wouldn't that be in total alignment with Congregational documents, Chapter statements and mission statement!
Just a thought.