Thursday, March 16, 2006
Saint Patrick Novena - Day Eight

Ireland is a beautiful country. St. Patrick worked mostly in the western regions, where the Atlantic Ocean pounds the rocky coast. Inland, low mountain ranges give way to the central plain, with its many bogs and lakes. Marsh plants and ferns abound, and the countryside is blanketed in green grasses that give Ireland great beauty. It is obvious that nature in Ireland helped St. Patrick connect with God when, as a young slave, he tended his master’s sheep. We too, can draw closer to God through nature, whether we are walking, sailing, gardening, watching birds, tending houseplants, viewing a nature film, or simply relaxing in nature.


God, You have given us a world of great natural wonder and beauty. Too often, God, we have polluted and destroyed our fragile environment. I pray, today, that we will learn to nurture and protect our environment for the enjoyment and use of future generations. I ask You, also, to guide me to make choices that will benefit nature, not harm it.


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