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The Profession of Faith

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There is a solidarity among all creatures

arising from the fact

that all have the same Creator and are all ordered to his glory:

May you be praised, O Lord, in all your creatures, especially

brother sun, by whom you give us light for the day; he is

beautiful, radiating great splendor, and offering us a symbol

of you, the Most High. . . .

May you be praised, my Lord, for sister water, who is very

useful and humble, precious and chaste. . . .

May you be praised, my Lord, for sister earth, our mother,

who bears and feeds us, and produces the variety of fruits

and dappled flowers and grasses. . . .

Praise and bless my Lord, give thanks and serve him in all

humility.

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The sabbath—the end of the work of the six days.

The sacred

text says that “on the seventh day God finished his work which he

had done,” that the “heavens and the earth were finished,” and that

God “rested” on this day and sanctified and blessed it.

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These

inspired words are rich in profitable instruction:

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In creation God laid a foundation and established laws that

remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are

the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God’s covenant.

214

For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation and respect the

laws which the Creator has written into it.

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Creation was fashioned with a view to the sabbath and therefore

for the worship and adoration of God. Worship is inscribed in the order

of creation.

215

As the rule of St. Benedict says, nothing should take prece-

dence over “the work of God,” that is, solemn worship.

216

This indicates

the right order of human concerns.

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The sabbath is at the heart of Israel’s law. To keep the command-

ments is to correspond to the wisdom and the will of God as expressed in

his work of creation.

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The

eighth day.

But for us a new day has dawned: the day

of Christ’s Resurrection. The seventh day completes the first crea­

tion. The eighth day begins the new creation. Thus, the work of

creation culminates in the greater work of redemption. The first

creation finds its meaning and its summit in the new creation in

Christ, the splendor of which surpasses that of the first creation.

217

212 St. Francis of Assisi,

Canticle of the Creatures.

213

Gen

2:1-3.

214 Cf.

Heb

4:3-4;

Jer

31:35-37; 33:19-26.

215 Cf.

Gen

1:14.

216 St. Benedict,

Regula

43, 3: PL 66, 675-676.

217 Cf.

Roman Missal,

Easter Vigil 24, prayer after the first reading.

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