Franciscans encourage us to pray with our eyes open, in order to be open to the world around us. Prayer walks in nature are a popular example of this form of prayer; we can be inspired by the creation around us; or simply find it easier to ‘chat’ with Jesus in this more informal setting, rather like we may take a walk with a friend.
St Francis’ Canticle of Creation is a lovely way to try praying with nature. You might like to pray on a walk, looking out a window, watching images of the natural world or enjoying a painting like this one of St Francis preaching to the birds.
Do share how you find the audio prayer, or a few words if you choose to write your own Canticle praising God in your own words for His creations that make your heart sing.