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May 27 – The Cassowary’s Stewardship

We will all have to give an account of ourselves before God. – (Romans 14:12)

In the dense rainforests of northern Australia, the cassowary, a large flightless bird, plays a crucial role in maintaining the delicate balance of its ecosystem. As it wanders through the undergrowth, the cassowary consumes a wide variety of fruits, seeds, and fungi, inadvertently acting as a key disperser of plant life. The seeds that pass through the cassowary’s digestive system are given a greater chance at germination and can be spread great distances ensuring the continued growth and regeneration of the forest. This unique bird, with its striking appearance serves as a reminder of the significant impact each creature has on its environment.

Franciscan spirituality encourages us to recognise our own role as stewards of the Earth, understanding that our actions, no matter how small, have far-reaching consequences. As we journey through life, let us be mindful of the account we will one day give for our stewardship of the world entrusted to us.


1. In what ways can I be more intentional about the choices I make, recognising that even small actions can have a significant impact on the world around me?

2. How can I, like the cassowary, use my unique abilities and position to nurture and support the growth and well-being of my community and the Earth?


Loving Creator, may the cassowary’s quiet yet essential role in its ecosystem be a constant reminder of the importance of my own stewardship. Grant me the wisdom and courage to make choices that honour and protect the delicate balance of Your creation.


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