My question is: Does nature require that we are a witness to carry out what it was designed to do? The answer is absolutely not.
In the book of Daniel there are chapters and verses Protestants have chosen to delete and which I was therefore deprived of knowing about in my pre-Catholic childhood. One example tells us nature does in fact have a voice including The Prayer of Azariah in the Furnace. Verse 1-2 of the prayer say, “And they walked about in the midst of the flames, singing hymns to God and blessing the Lord. Then Azariah stood and offered this prayer; in the midst of the fire he opened his mouth……”
He then began to praise God and to thank Him for all things in Creation. He called on even the very things we never consider to have a voice such as dew and rain, light and darkness, fire and heat, etc. to do the same. He calls on each of them to also bless the Lord, obviously believing this was indeed possible. Even the tree in the forest can praise Our Creator.
I was reminded of this at mass as our congregation sang carols together. I smiled while I sang them as if for the first time really appreciating what the words tell us.
“And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and heaven and nature sing.
Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love. O Morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth. And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.