We are co-creators with God
of what creation has left unfinished.
What has been left in embryo
is left for us to develop.
What can be developed
God trusts us to bring to full potential.
the human commitment
to continue the work of God on earth,
requires us to tend the land
and conserve the waters,
to till the garden
and protect the animals,
to use the things of the earth
in ways that enhance all life now--
and preserve them
for later generations.
To do that we must become part
of the liturgy of life,
treating as holy everything we touch,
regarding as sacred every being alive,
intent on preserving
the best of what is--
while we use our science and technology
to protect, defend and enhance them all.
–from The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life by Joan Chittister (BlueBridge)