Nature's Beauty Sings God's Praise

Posted by Stephen J. Binz on Jun 25, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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Saint Junípero’s reverence for the beauty of California resonates with the Canticle of the Creatures by St. Francis, which begins “Laudato si”: Praise be to you, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through Brother Sun, who brings the day, and Sister Moon and all the stars. Serra’s detailed observations about the trees and plants he found in California end with the same praise for their creator: “I have in front of me a cutting from a rose-tree with three roses in bloom, others opening out, and more than six unpetaled: blessed be He who created them!” Junipero Serra was a Franciscan who truly echoed the reverent and grateful spirit of Saint Francis. And surely the profound respect and spiritual power the Native Americans saw throughout the earth and the wondrous praise of God offered by the followers of Francis can together bring about a renewed world today.

–from Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California  Missions

Saint Junipero Serra's Camino


Categories: creation, Pilgrimage, Saint Junipero Serra