I set alight the beauty of the plains,
I radiate the waters,
I glow in the Sun, and the Moon and the stars.
With wisdom I order all things right.
I am the breeze that nurtures all things green.
I am the rain coming from the dew
that makes the fields laugh with the pleasure of life.
I call up tears, the perfume of holy work.
I am the yearning for good.
St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Germany
Today, may we recognize how our lives are touched by creation and honor the Creator by yearning for cleaner waters, clearer air, greener landscapes, and bluer seas. May the sadness we feel for for an ailing Earth compel us to be the change we want to see in our planet, in our communities, and in our own backyard.