Adapted from: https://www.ocsta.on.ca/project/nurturing-hope-cultiver-lesperance/
Call to prayer: On this final day of Catholic Education Week, we are reminded that our faith is a journey … a journey to know and love God more and more … a journey of opening ourselves to the awesome mystery of who God is, who invites us to grow in wide-eyed wonder. As people of faith, we never really "arrive;" we never come to a point where we have 'figured God out'. God calls us to look at the universe in its vastness and to understand that its Creator loves and cares for each one of us, and wants a relationship with us.
Let us begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Daily Theme: Marveling in Wonder: When creation was completed, God saw that it was good, and rested. The sabbath was not just a time for recovery from all the work God had done, but also a time for God to take pure delight in its goodness. We too are invited to be silent and think about the beauty of creation; to stand in reverence before the awesome gift that is our common home.
Opening Prayer: God of all creation, God ever close to us in the sacraments and in your people: we are amazed at the immenseness of your love for us, and grateful for our calling to be partners in this world. Help us to truly see the beauty and diversity of your world and all its peoples, to treasure our place in Creation and to praise you every day for the awesome gift of life. May we never grow too old to wonder, or too proud to praise you, the source of everything that is good. We praise and thank you through Jesus your Son, who speaks your words to us. Amen
Scripture: (Job 12:7-10) A reading from the Book of Job.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
If there is one word that captures a sense of wonder and awe, that word must certainly be "WOW!" It is a word that expresses our sense of joy and amazement. Parents say "Wow" when they come face-to-face with their newborn child. Tourists say "Wow" as they see Niagara Falls. Art lovers say "Wow" when they stand beneath Michelangelo's artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Christians say "Wow" when we reflect on how much God loves each of us and how incredibly merciful God is.
Nurturing hope is about looking into the future with eagerness and expectation, and knowing that God has plenty of those "Wow" moments in store for us. It is to place ourselves before God to be astonished and amazed. It is knowing that, at the source of all, there is God.
Open our eyes, O Lord, to see your presence and your work all around us; in the greatness of the universe and in the smallest acts of kindness and compassion. Open our hearts, to see the countless miracles of each day and to know you are the source of all of them. Keep us asking questions, learning and growing. May we come to know you better, and may we come to love you more, so that our lives will be filled with awe, gratitude and praise.
Bless us with your goodness and love. Guide us to see the beauty and wonder of all that you have created. Free our souls to sing, dance, praise and love. Nurture our hearts so that we may continue to blossom and grow into the people you call us to be.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Call to Action: What have been some moments in your life when you were in awe of God's creation? How can the things we do help us to sustain hope for our world, especially the environment? Take some time today to think about those special moments and all you do take care of the environment.
Appel à la prière/ Thème pour la journée: S'émerveiller
En ce dernier jour de la Semaine de l'éducation catholique, on se rappelle que notre foi est un voyage ... un voyage pour connaître et aimer Dieu de plus en plus ... un voyage pour s'ouvrir au mystère impressionnant de qui est Dieu, qui nous invite à grandir. En tant que croyants, nous n'arriverons jamais vraiment; nous n'arriverons jamais à un point où nous avons «découvert Dieu». Dieu nous appelle à regarder l'univers dans son immensité et à comprendre que son Créateur nous aime, qu'il prend soin de chacun de nous, et qu'il veut vivre en relation avec nous.
Commençons avec le signe de la croix: Au nom du Père, du Fils et du Saint-Esprit. Amen.
La prière de la journée:
Dieu de toute création, Tu es toujours proche de nous dans les sacrements et dans votre peuple: nous sommes étonnés de l'immensité de votre amour pour nous, et reconnaissants de votre appel à être partenaires dans ce monde. Aidez-nous à vraiment voir la beauté et la diversité de votre monde et de tous ses peuples, à chérir notre place dans la création et à vous remercier chaque jour pour le formidable cadeau de la vie. Aide-nous à reconnaître ta bonté et à être reconnaissant de tes merveilles, car Tu es la source de tout ce qui est bon. Nous vous louons et vous remercions par Jésus votre Fils. Amen