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“When Barnabas and Paul are mistaken as gods by the gentiles in Lystra because Paul healed a crippled man, they remind these gentiles of a simple truth: ‘He [God] did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness’ (Acts 14:17). Paul wrote something similar in Romans 1:20: ‘For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Nature is a powerful witness to God and God’s love. Yet to experience nature rightly as a witness to God’s love, we must also love others. To love nature and care for the environment without caring for others it to fall into idolatry of nature.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Nature helps us understand something of God’s character...Nature shows God’s generosity—giving us more than we need or deserve...because human dignity finds its roots in our common Creation, caring for our fellow citizen and caring for our environment are the same thing.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 65:6-13, Naomi Oreske)

“The Sacramental worldview allows us to see God revealed in every aspect of the order of creation especially in the human body-person.” (Father Thomas Loya)

“When human beings fail to find their true place in this world, they misunderstand themselves and end up acting against themselves: Not only has God given the earth to man, who must use it with respect for the original good purpose for which it was given, but, man too is God’s gift to man. He must therefore respect the natural and moral structure with which he has been endowed.” (Pope John Paul II)

“How is it that all nature, and everything in nature, is so wisely arranged, and moves in such wonderful order? It is because the Creator Himself directs and governs it. How is it that in the nature of man—the crown of creation—there is so much disorder? Why are there so many irregularities and deformities in his life? Because he took upon himself to direct and govern himself, against the Will and Wisdom of his Creator.” (St. John of Kronstadt)

“God wants you to have knowledge of Him. This knowledge comes not only through Scripture but also through the evidence exhibited in the world He created.” (Rice Broocks)

"...human beings have a natural leaning toward transcendental truth embedded in the nature of reality...the spiritual or transcendent is an essential part of human experience, and to deny its role is to reject the holistic nature of human existence." (Lisa Coutras)

“There are no “objects” in the spiritual life. Everything that exists carries with it the possibility of communion. Our place within creation is not as the master of objects but as a point of communion.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Some people read books in order to find God. Yet there is a great book, the very appearance of created things. Look above you, look below you! Note it, read it! God whom you wish to find, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? Why, heaven and earth cry out to you, ‘God made me’.” (St. Augustine of Hippo)

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork,” says the Psalmist...Metaphysical realism tells us that the awe we feel in the presence of nature, beauty, or goodness—the feeling that there must be more than what we experience with our senses—is a reasonable intuition. It doesn’t tell us who God is, but it tells us that we are not imagining things: something—or Someone—is there.” (Rod Dreher)