During those days following the terrorist bombings in 2001, we thought a lot about God.
We thought a lot about our own death because any of us could easily have been killed that day. We thought a lot about the end of the world, because we realized that there are nuclear and biological weapons out there, and some could get into the wrong hands.
This can be frightening and depressing.
Life itself is so fragile and this earth (as we know it) is so temporary, that if you've invested 99 per cent of your time and energy trying to get ahead, get comfortable, be successful in this life and on this earth, it can be frightening to think that this world is not lasting.
On the other hands, if you have opened yourself to experience the grandeur of God's plan for the world and for humanity, then you are a person filled with a peace that no one can take from you.
You can love this earth and all creation. You can love it now because you know that it is God's earth and God's creation, and you know it has a destiny in God.
Lord, help us to invest more of our time and energy in working with you to bring about the renewal of all creation.
- Little Burgundy Book, Diocese of Saginaw