St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Jun 19, 2018

Monday, 18th June, 2018

Sacred Time - animals 9A - trees


After quite a long break, it's back to Sacred Time visits, this time with Y9.  Today I had the chance to join 9 Arrowsmith (minus unfortunately Mrs Hardiman - who was off with our ace Y9/10 athletes).  However, Sheifa and Niamh were absolutely boss in looking at Animal Cruelty which fitted in perfectly with our Mission Statement theme of the week of looking after all of God's creation.  They made us think and invited us to pray.  It was really lovely.

The Mission Statement focus continued with the arrival of some of the olive trees which will be the focal points of the International Peace Garden which is taking shape outside.  It's wonderful to think that some of these trees are over 300 years old.  Just imagine all who have sat in their shade and how we will be joined with them when we get the chance to sit beneath them enjoying their cooling canopy of protection!  It's a wonderful world!

 Let me direct you to this prayer from a Native American Mohawk community:


We now turn our thoughts to the Trees.

The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses.

Some provide us with shelter and shade,

others with fruit, beauty and other useful things.

Many peoples of the world use a Tree

as a symbol of peace and strength.


With one mind, we greet and thank the tree of life.


Here's the whole prayer - amazing!