In rooting around in my things while writing an article for the paper, I found a great quote of Augustine.
For Augustine all created things in the universe, even inanimate things, both give witness to God and give Him glory.
“Respondent tibi omnia: Ecce vide, pulchra sumus. Pulchritudo eorum confessio eorum.
All things respond to you, O God: ‘Behold! See! We are beautiful!’ Their beauty is their profession.”(s. 241, 2)
This last part needs some teasing out. That confessio is a complicated word. We might do this as “their hymn of praise, their demonstration that you are God, their admission that they are not”.
There’s a little theology of the environment for you!
How about your own spiritual environment?
Are you beautiful at Mass?
Go to confession.