September 25, 2013: A Return To Cosmic Liturgy and Sacramental Consciousness

~by Susi Pittman

Stewards of creation do not see nature as “just nature” but, through the eyes of faith recognize the sacred quality it retains as creation, something wanted, created and sustained by God. Today, in our tech savvy, virtual world of self indulgence along with the industrial and scientific advances, we have lost what once was recognized as the cosmic liturgy. The worship of the Church is not just a liturgy for human occasion only, but, that it permeates the whole of the universe, both heaven and earth participate. It is a current permeating viewpoint that the world no longer is the work of God. Down through the ages the sense of the mystery of nature’s participation in the Christological drama has been taken from us by pride.

The absolute scourging of the environment for wealth and power without regard to the cost of the consequences to the whole of the family of creation is profane!

The abuse of the creatures of this planet for food, beauty, medicine, and sport is a direct reflection of our insatiable quest in pride at the expense of the vulnerable is despicable!

All that was given to us to hold “dominion” over was given as a gift for us to receive and care for in responsible and accountable stewardship to God. Responsible in the way we use our natural resources so that all life benefits, rich or poor, animal, vegetable and mineral. Responsible in the way we treat the earth’s creatures, whether as companions, co-workers or food, with humane and considerate care.

Creation wasn’t just an “evolutionary something” that finally came to be. It was created with purpose receiving the Creator to the extent it was possible and giving glory by its being to God.
From God, flows all truth, goodness and beauty. He is the one and only original source. St. Bonaventure exclaims; How useful it would be if also today we rediscovered the beauty and value of creation in the light of divine goodness and beauty! In Christ, the universe itself can again be the voice that speaks of God and leads us to explore his presence.

Mankind absolutely defaults in the purpose of his creation, causing all of creation to default in its purpose, when he does not recognize the excellence of God in creatures. The purpose of all creatures and their proximity to man is to manifest to man the divine excellence. This was the purpose of their Creator to which mankind MUST defer!

We must once again develop a sacramental consciousness. The more we alienate ourselves from nature, the less we are connected to what sacramental really means. The sacraments have lost a great deal of their significance for individuals. It is in the sacraments that nature participates in the process of salvation, bread and wine, water and light, oil and fire, the elements of nature become the bearers of spiritual meaning and saving power.

A true, authentic spiritual life more sacramentally-rooted in the earth is perhaps the most important foundation for religion and the planet.

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.

It is a mystery expressed in the Eucharist and is completely related to the sacramentality of the earth and the universe.

The uniqueness of mankind is not based solely upon man’s intelligence, but upon religious ground. Man was given charge by God to care for creation.

Let’s quit acting like the sneaky child who has taken the priceless treasure from the home and sold it in the dark to an evil stranger and take seriously that we WILL be held accountable for our stewardship or lack thereof when the day of reckoning occurs.

Spiritual beauty consists in the fact that the conduct and the deeds of a person are well proportioned in accordance with the light of reason.

~St. Thomas Aquinas~

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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