If you live in accordance with my statutes and are careful to observe my commandments,
I will give you your rains in due season, so that the land will yield its crops, and the trees their fruit
LEVITICUS 26: 3-4
You will not pollute the land where you live…
Do not defile the land in which you live and in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD dwell in the midst of the Israelites.
NUMBERS 35: 33-34
The Gospel this week calls us to warn our neighbor when they do evil (Mt. 18). There is much we have done to the environment and through that ourselves. But there is also much we can do to repent and do better.
According to Laudato Si’ verse 139, “We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” The poor are often the most impacted by pollution and climate change; they have the least political clout and fewest means to adapt.
Here are a few things that were brought up in our September 1 Prayer Service:
· Go meatless on Mondays and/or Fridays
· Reuse, recycle, lower my consumption of resources
· Speak to elected officials about climate change
There are many other things we can do too.
“RESPECT FOR THE PLANET’S RESOURCES” THE POPE VIDEO FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 (1.5 MIN)
Our kickoff prayer service reminded all of us that there are many who want to do their part to help. We’ll continue to post weekly until the conclusion of the Season on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, October 4. There will be a closing discussion and Deacon Jim Bozik will do a Blessing of the Animals.
Suggested reading: Brigida, Anna-Catherine, Climate change a factor in Central American migration Univisión News, 11 May 2018 (6.5 min read)