October 9, 2017

Tend the Ground

Curtis Stephan was inspired to compose this thoughtful ballad after reading Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’.  All creatures share one common home. When we care for the Earth, we care for each other. 

The song focuses on the need to care for our environment and one another. He says, "We should take care of the earth because it takes care of our kids. We take care of one another because that's how God's love is planted in our lives."

Everything gives praise to God, glory to God. As we take care of the environment, we take care of one another.

“We till the earth, we tend the ground. Sowing hope and peace where naught is found. In selfless love, God’s life abounds, we till the earth, we tend the ground.”

“Let plows be forged from swords that kill, let tools of war be shaped to till, and break the heart and stony ground, Lord bring your peace, Lord bring your peace.”

The song is included in the collection, Our Common Home, inspired by Pope Francis' Laudato Si' encyclical. The songs for liturgy and prayer from well-known OCP composers speak to themes of care for creation, poverty and solidarity.


The Commons is a series of unplugged interviews with the top Catholic recording artists. These are candid interviews and intimate performances by the top contemporary Catholic musicians.