Friends of St Francis


Psalm 148     Hallelujah!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
give praise, all you his hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens,
       you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the LORD’s name;
for he commanded and they were created,
Assigned them their station forever,
set an order that will never change.

Praise the LORD from the earth,
you sea monsters and all the deeps of the sea;
Lightning and hail, snow and thick clouds,
storm wind that fulfills his command;
      Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars; 
      Animals wild and tame,
creatures that crawl and birds that fly;

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all who govern on earth;
Young men and women too,
old and young alike.
Let them all praise the LORD’s name,
for his name alone is exalted,
His majesty above earth and heaven.
He has lifted high the horn of his people;
to the praise of all his faithful,
the Israelites, the people near to him.

This Palm Sunday, praise the LORD
 in kinship with His creation!


How I stopped speeding and other things…

In addition to driving at the speed limit, my personal ecological conversion has included… Connecting to city water and drinking clean water right from the tap.  Turning off electronics and lights and seeing a reduction in the electric bill.  Divesting financial holdings from fossil fuels and re-investing in renewable energy stocks and socially responsible mutual funds. Taking plastic film to recycling locations. Composting vegetable matter into rich soil.  Eating a purely plant-based diet and discovering I had much more energy!  Advocating to protect our common home by calling and writing letters to legislators.  Praying for and with creation daily by cultivating the art of The Practice of the Presence of God as described in the nearly 300-year-old classic by Brother Lawrence.  

Recently, I’ve been meditating on the Lord’s Prayer. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. 

Less than two miles from this church is Meacham Grove Forest Preserve. If you’ve ever been there at sunset, you know we have been blessed by God with heaven right here on earth.  Per Catholic Church social teaching, it is God’s will (among other priorities), that we keep earth heavenly! I can’t imagine heaven strewn with trash!  We are God’s creation.  Jesus died on the cross for us.  I believe the minor inconveniences of caring for His creation pale in comparison. 

Change Our Hearts This Time…

Pam Re, member of Friends of St. Francis


Caring for Creation is Pro-Life

Help us, Mary. Pray that your Son grants us the grace to build political, social, corporate, and scientific structures that respect the dignity of life. Help our leaders see beyond political convenience so that they may protect the wronged. Mother Mary, help the Church bring to international and local communities the desire to care for the indigenous, the emigrants, and the ecosystems that allow all life to flourish.

Help us, Mary. Pray that your Son grants us the grace to see the cost to all creation and all souls whenever we encounter those affected by a changed climate or by poisoned waters, land, and air. Mother Mary, help us to see the damage being done to ourselves and future generations whenever we watch from a distance the anguish of others.

Help us, Mary. Pray that your Son grants us the grace to suffer along with those that suffer. Help us to embrace outcasts. Help us to change our ways from selfish consumption to selfless sacrifice and self-restraint.

Change Our Hearts This Time