Attention to our Natural World

As we pay closer attention to the beauty that surrounds us, we are reminded, in the words of Pope Francis that “there is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of night” (Laudato Si’ #85).

Following is a collection of photos, audio files and videos of nature across Australia and Papua New Guinea.  We invite you to deepen your attention to the natural world as “attention is the beginning of devotion” (Mary Oliver).

A Visualisation of Spring by Michelle Farrugi RSM, 3 September 2021


Bleeding Gum in the Carlton Gardens (Vic) 21 August 2021 (Submitted by Cathy Solano RSM)


Ulysses Butterfly at Seville Conference Centre, Cairns Qld (Submitted by Brydie)


A welcome frog (Joan Smith RSM) 15 February 2021









Click here to watch a video of the wind in the trees at sunset in Singleton, NSW in November 2020 (Cynthia Mulholland)


A view of creation – Foherem, East Timor (Breda O’Reilly RSM)


Sunset at Santa Casa, December 2020 (Lizzie Finnerty RSM)


Auckland, New Zealand (Marie Britza RSM)


Click the image to watch a short video of the garden at Santa Casa (Lizzie Finnerty RSM)