More than two centuries ago, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton wrote words that anticipated the spirit of Laudato Si. In her words, this Earth Day, we lift up our hearts and pray:

Who are we to praise thee – but we call on all thy creation to praise thee! the Birds of the air, the inhabitants of the Earth, and the depths of the sea, the Mountains and the Valleys, and whatever thou hast made to praise to bless to declare thy glory.” –Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, (CW IIIa, 310, ca. 1812)