As part of its faithful commitment to environmental sustainability and wellness, Saint Louis University (SLU), as one community, weekly prays “A Prayer for Our Earth”.  This practice strengthens everyone’s recognition “that we are profoundly united with every creature,” that we are all part of the environment.

Consequently, the ecological prayer inspires us to promote holistic, sustainable, and unified initiatives towards the care of our common home.

Living in communion with the environment, let us pray…

A Prayer for Our Earth
by Pope Francis

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.