Oh God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things,
even our brothers and sisters the animals, to whom you have given the
earth as their home in common with us.
We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised our high
dominion with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth, which should
have gone up to you in song, has been a groan of pain.
May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for
you, and that they love the sweetness of life.

--St. Basil the Great

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