Posted April 10th, 2013 | Dinner Discussion, Easter


April Showers, May Flowers & God’s Care for the Earth

With the Easter season well underway and signs of new life emerging, it can be easy for me to “rush” past the spring season and jump ahead to summer – warmer weather, a slower pace, and even a vacation or two!

Resurrection of the Lord

But spring’s showers, while not the exciting weather I long for, have an important purpose.  They allow farmers to plant seeds and rivers to be replenished.  Spring gives balance to the natural progression of what the world needs.  Like every season, spring shows us that God knows what the world needs in order to sustain human life.  It represents a harmony, even when the weather is at times turbulent.

When we look at nature, we can reflect on how God’s care for the earth is wonderful, but doesn’t compare to God’s providence and care for us, His children.

For us faithful foodies, we need to see the spring and Easter seasons as times to offer praise to God for providing for us throughout the winter and Lenten season. We also need to offer petition, asking for good weather so that we can reap a fruitful harvest to feed hungry souls.

Missionaries of Charity at the Easter Vigil in 2010, serving the poor and celebrating their faith.

If I sound like a real “nature lover,” it’s because I’ve been considering the words of our new Pope Francis and the inspiration of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. Both of these prophetic voices speak about the power of nature, whose beauty reflects the genius of the Creator, and how we are responsible to care for it.  However, even while we protect the earth and its resources as God’s creation, we cannot deify it as some sort of “divine mother.”   It is important to remember the difference between caring for the earth and worshiping it.

In a modern society that often times doesn’t take time to smell the roses, we have this beautiful liturgical season to slow down, consider the beauty of this world, acknowledge the power of the One who created it, and try to live so that we are showing the beauty of our own lives – as God also created us!
A young couple with two small children were able to come to a two day recollection that I offered at St. Callistus and St. Barbara Churches in Orange County. Even though they were busy, they felt it was well worth it to take the time and pause for their faith!
Let us Pray:  Father, help us to better understand the power of this liturgical season. May the new life, springing up around us, remind us of your Providential Care.  Show us how we can be signs of beauty and new life, and protect and aid those farmers who work with Mother Nature to provide food for the world.  May we be blessed with food for our table and food for our souls, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • What is your favorite season?
  • What do you like or dislike about spring?
  • How do you and your family care for the earth?
  • What’s the difference between protecting nature and worshiping it?
  • How do you explain these differences to your children?

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