Let There Be Peace on Earth, For Earth, By Those of Us Dependent on Her for our Very Lives!
In his encyclical, Pope Francis writes: The Earth, “this sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters. Nothing in this world is indifferent to us.” Read more…
In this encyclical, Pope Francis cries out to us, to take responsibility as leaders in our own lives, for the sake of all and for the health of the world’s creatures. It is a landmark moment for the Catholic Church, and a powerful wake-up call for everyone, Catholic or otherwise.
So what will you do with your precious life to save this precious earth? This is a call for a leaderless movement, that is, for each of us to claim leadership, because “nothing in this world is indifferent to us,” no matter how powerless we might imagine ourselves to be!
One step is all it takes, one step a day. I will make sure I am recycling everything possible, continue to carpool and errand-bunch instead of doing one errand at a time. I will join the Potomac River cleanup. And I’ll follow 350.org for other opportunities to stand up for measures to prevent further climate change.