Praised be You my Lord for great cities that house your people and that give expression to the highest aspirations of men and women, cities that show forth great tall buildings and that display wonderful works of music and art, not to mention hospitals and medical centers that bring healing to so many.
And may You be praised as well for farms and fields that produce food in abundance to feed your people.
For majestic high mountains be praised as well, mountains that show your mighty grandeur, mountains that send water into your streams and rivers, waters that quench our thirst and keep us clean.
Be praised as well my Lord for vast and arid desert places, places that remind us that You alone can fill the many voids and dry places that we find in our own lives.
And above all dear Lord, be praised for people, men and women made in your image and likeness, people of every race and religion, people of many styles of life all of them made in Your wonderful image and likeness.
And Yes, dear Lord, we must sadly admit that we don’t always reflect the goodness and beauty that comes from You alone. We abuse your creation and we create divisions among ourselves that lead to hatred, division and war.
Help us to remember Lord who you are, to trust in your great love and to seek your mercy, for only then will we know the peace that You alone can give.
All praise, thanksgiving and glory to You, O Lord, for all the blessings that have come my way in 50 years of Franciscan life