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‘Stop and Smell the Roses’


The psalmist sings, “The heavens are telling the glory of God,” in Psalm 19:1. And so does the earth. And every single human being. And don’t forget the armadillo and the aardvark. The created cosmos is a book written by God just for us. When we pause to ponder a pulsar or a parakeet, we “read” about God’s goodness, power, beauty, and presence. “Stop and smell the roses” is not simply good advice to take time out of your busy schedule to relax—it’s also an excellent way to fall in love with the Creator.


Creator of the Cosmos, your majesty and creativity
are the source of everything—
from the blazing sun
and a blade of grass to the hippopotamus 
and the human heart.
May I have a profound appreciation and reverence for creation,
knowing it proclaims your goodness, power, beauty, and presence in my life.


As you page through a magazine, the internet, or watch TV, prayerfully ask yourself, “What does this image tell me about God?”

Soul Training with the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis by Albert Haase, OFM


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