Vatican City, Sep 1, 2018 / 03:10 am
Contemplating the grandeur of the ocean is also an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God the Creator, Pope Francis said in a message for a day of prayer for the care of creation.
"It is our duty to thank the Creator for the impressive and marvelous gift of the great waters and all that they contain, and to praise him for covering the earth with the ocean," the pope wrote in a message Sept. 1.
"To ponder the immense open seas and their incessant movement can also represent an opportunity to turn our thoughts to God, who constantly accompanies his creation, guiding its course and sustaining its existence."
The pope's message was sent on the occasion of the fourth annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which he established in 2015, shortly after the release of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato si.