Ask the beasts to teach you, the birds of the air to tell you;
Or speak to the earth to instruct you and the fish of the sea to inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of God has done this?
In his hand is the soul of every living thing and the life breath of all mortal flesh.
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
“We will not offer to God offerings that cost us nothing.”
We do things that “cost” us something every day. The “cost” is giving up the alternative. The simplest “cost” that you can offer to God with respect to peace, poverty and planet Earth is your need to be counted as an individual instead of as a member of the whole community of God. It is, in a sense, the sacrifice of “self”, it is the “cost” of living among a community of other beings and ecosystems. It is not about you or me, it is about us. It is not about our needs as human beings, for oil, water, food, or even security from terrorists, it is about our collective needs as co-inhabitants of planet Earth. It is not about the health just of the particular ecosystems in which we live, it is about the whole climatic system. I believe that this is what seeking God’s Dominion on Earth means: It means that for those of us with much, we “live simply, that others may simply live.”
From: “Costly Offerings,” Katharine M. Preston, Easter, 2005
“REVIVE, RENEW, REBUILD OUR COMMON HOME,” Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, March 14, 2019 (3 min)
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.
https://youtu.be/Ci9zu_YxzQs, Catholic Climate Covenant, First part through Allen Ottaro –Kenya. (3 min)
McKibben, Bill. “The Pope and the Planet.” The New York Review of Books, August 13, 2015 (2 min read)
Montbiot, George. “Stop Blaming the Poor. It's the Wally Yachters Who are Burning the Planet.” The Guardian, September 28, 2009 (7 min read)