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.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.  Amen.

-Pope Francis

Did You Know You Could Recycle Your Christmas Tree? Although many of you may have already disposed of your trees, here’s a tip to keep in mind for next year. Christmas trees can actually be used by local farms to feed their goats and make wood chips for their plants.

Local Sources for Tree Recycling:
RDF Wellesley (781)235-7600, x3345
Unity Farm Sanctuary, Sherborn (508)848-8368

Caring for Our Common Home: A Prayer for Our Earth