“Praise be to you” are the opening words of the magnificent letter of Pope Francis in which he addresses the issue of care for our common home at the beginning of the 21st century. The words are taken from the great canticle of creation composed by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. St. Francis delights in the sun and moon, the rushing wind and rain, the warmth and light so necessary for human flourishing. And he gives thanks for the fruitfulness of the fields when he sings:
“The flowers and fruits that in thee grow, Let them His glory also show”.
What better title for the Festival of Flowers which is taking place at St. David’s Cathedral to mark the Centenary of the Archdiocese of Cardiff? “The work of human hands” which lies at the heart of creation is a reminder that we are stewards of creation and are responsible for human life thriving, the built environment and the sustainability of the earth. In the magnificent floral displays, the enhancement of the architecture of the Cathedral and in the musical performances associated with the Festival of Flowers we see human creativity at its most beautiful. As we celebrate this Centenary during the Festival of Flowers we echo the words of St. Francis: “Let all things their Creator bless”.
Most Reverend George Stack
Archbishop of Cardiff