The natural is, of itself, also the supernatural. Both natural elements and animals are not just objects for our plunder. Francis granted true dignity and subjectivity to nature by calling it Brother Sun, Sister Fire, Brother Wind, and Sister Water. No wonder he is the patron saint of ecology and care for creation. Once we grant subjectivity to the natural world, everything changes. It’s no longer an object and we’re the separated and superior subject, but we share subjectivity with it. We address it with a title of respect and allow it to speak back to us! For so long, creation has been a mere commodity at best, a useless or profitable wilderness, depending on who owned it. With the contemplative mind, questions of creation are different than those of consumption and capitalism, and they move us to appreciate creation for its own sake, not because of what it does for us or how much money it can make for us. For those with spiritual eyes, the world itself has to be somehow the very Body of God.
—from the book Yes, And...: Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr