“Appreciate God’s Creation” Quotes

The trees and stones will teach you what you will never learn from the masters. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Man can touch the eternal only in sensible realities, but the things of this world are also intrinsically designed to mediate contact with God. – Pope Benedict XVI, Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism

Nature is too thin a screen, the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The justified concern about threats to the environment present in so many parts of the world is reinforced by Christian hope, which commits us to working responsibly for the protection of creation. – Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis

Neglecting to monitor the harm done to nature and the environmental impact of our decisions is only the most striking sign of a disregard for the message contained in the structures of nature itself. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected. Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for ‘instead of carrying out his role as a cooperator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature.’

This situation has led to a constant schizophrenia, wherein a technocracy which sees no intrinsic value in lesser beings coexists with the other extreme, which sees no special value in human beings… Human beings cannot be expected to feel responsibility for the world unless, at the same time, their unique capacities of knowledge, will, freedom, and responsibility are recognized and valued. – Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 117-118

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. – e.e. cummings