The BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF FLORIDA held a special evening prayer on Earth Day, April 22, outside on their dining room porch with the beauty of the sky, their “back yard” with trees and flowers and a nearby hay field all speaking of the presence of God and the gift of nature. A light rain added a special touch.
Sections from Laudato Si and the Scriptures were read, followed by quiet time and then a discussion about how caring for the earth is an expression of faith. At the end the Sisters took the Pledge of Commitment to answer God’s call to care for creation.
Earlier in the day a lunch was served to 20 volunteers who help with our aquaponics garden where vegetables are grown without soil. The water from large tanks of tilapia is circulated into troughs of floating seedlings providing the community with all sorts of greens, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli.