Helping Tend the Vine

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, Rector

From the May Perspective,
the newsletter of Church of Our Saviour:

Br. Richard Edward Helmer, BSGO God, enlarge within us the sense of
fellowship with all living things,
our brothers the animals to whom thou
gavest the earth as their home in
common with us.

We remember with shame that in the past
we have exercised the high dominion
of man with ruthless cruelty
so that the voice of the earth,
which should have gone up to thee in song,
has been a groan of travail.

May we realize that they live not for us alone
but for themselves and for thee,
and that they love the sweetness of life.

It may surprise you that these words were not written by environmentalist hero John Muir, nor by Francis of Assisi, but by Basil of Caesarea, a saint and one of the “doctors” of the early Church, a champion of the theological concepts that led to the Nicene Creed, revered as “Great” in the eastern church for developing the foundations for a Christian spiritual and religious life.


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