The 1 September marked the Day of Prayer for Creation, which also signified the beginning of the Season of Creation running until October 4. Find out more about this important time of prayer for September and how you might be able to pray or run an event.
Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ helps us to experience the beauty of God in creation with his poetry. We have an audio poetry retreat available to help you pray a little more creatively.
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge |&| shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast |&| with ah! bright wings.
Gerard Manley Hopkins