Fifth Week of Lent

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March 19, 2021

It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. (Laudito Si, p. 217)

“Solidarity acknowledges our interconnectedness: we are creatures in relationship, with duties toward each other, and all are called to participate in society. That means welcoming the stranger, forgiving debts, giving a home to the disabled, and allowing other people’s dreams and hopes for a better life to become our own.” (Dare to Dream, p. 55)

Questions for Reflection, Journaling and Sharing

  • How am I challenged to be a protector of God’s creation?
  • How do I give evidence of my commitment to solidarity with all of creation?

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Quinto Semana de Cuaresma

19 de marzo de 2021

Hay que decir que algunos cristianos comprometidos y orantes, con la excusa del realismo y el pragmatismo, tienden a ridiculizar las expresiones de preocupación por el medio ambiente. Otros son pasivos;  eligen no cambiar sus hábitos y, por lo tanto, se vuelven inconsistentes. Entonces, lo que todos necesitan es una “conversión ecológica”, mediante la cual los efectos de su encuentro con Jesucristo se hagan evidentes en su relación con el mundo que los rodea. Vivir nuestra vocación de ser protectores de la obra de Dios es esencial para una vida de virtud; no es un aspecto opcional o secundario de nuestra experiencia cristiana.  (Laudato Si, p. 217)

 “La solidaridad reconoce nuestra interconexión:  nos reconocemos en la relación con las demás criaturas, tenemos un deber hacia los nosotros, y todos estamos llamados a participar en la sociedad. Eso significa dar la bienvenida al extraño, perdonar las deudas dando, dar un hogar a los discapacitados y permitir que los sueños y las esperanzas de los otros se conviertan en propios “.  (Soñemos juntos, pág.55)

Preguntas para reflexión, llevar un diario y compartir

  •  ¿Cómo me desafía a ser un protector de la creación de Dios?
  •  ¿Cómo doy evidencia de mi compromiso de solidaridad con toda la creación?

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Illustrations:

  • File Number: PenA3hRTxGen4F. Swallowtail Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, ©2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Number:  PenA3hVTxGen3F. Thistle and Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, ©2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Number: B2hVTxMt16F. Clouded Yellow Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, ©2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

4 Comments

  1. All of what has been said here resonates with where I am on this green journey.
    I think about all of the ecologically smart things that any of us can do, and I put efforts into doing them. I recycle, buy things that say they are earth-friendly, avoid things that aren’t, and so on. I buy things in thrift stores and look at YouTube videos on creative reuse.
    Yet, I see news reports, one after another, of temperatures and water rising, glaciers melting away, and record breaking hurricanes and wildfires pummeling and punishing people, animals, and land. In comparison, my efforts seem to shrink to near nothingness.
    So, what am I to do? To what does God call me in all of this? Should I abandon the grid, go off into the wilderness, forage for food, and live in a yurt? Maybe I could find Ted Kaczynski’s old cabin and move into that, sending explosives to large-scale corporate polluters. Instead of feeling empowered and passionate, I feel helpless, imagining a future that gets bleaker with each passing year.
    Perhaps, however, the problem isn’t that my thinking is faulty or that I am just not feeling it deeply enough. Perhaps the problem is that I believe the threat to our planet can be diffused by passion and ingenuity alone. Instead, maybe I am being asked to become immersed in God’s creation in a way that transcends emotion and thought and speaks directly to the will. God might be saying, “All of creation is my handiwork and you are bred of it … so much so that at your essence, at the depth of your soul, you and the earth are one and you will never be separate from it.”
    If it is the case that each of us so inextricably joined to the earth that failing to respect it is to tear away at our own soul, how could our efforts remain at the level of reusable straws and cloth napkins?
    No, I still won’t be running off to live in a yurt or Ted Kaczynski’s cabin. To be honest, I don’t know yet what I will do except to ask God to lead me to that place where I and creation are truly one.
    Thank you each for your posts.
    And may I recommend a documentary called ‘Fantastic Fungi’, a beautiful and elegant film about God’s abundant creation.

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  2. Caring for the Earth is an essential task for a Christian person. It is not an option, it is not a hobby, it is not something secondary, it is vocation, a deep conviction of faith that has consequences in “our way of thinking, feeling and living”. It is a mystique that animates us, inner motives that drive, encourage and give meaning to personal and community action.”
    Ecumenical Coalition
    …..
    Cuidar la Tierra es una tarea esencial para una persona cristiana. No es una opción, no es un hobby, no es algo secundario, es su vocación, una convicción profunda de fe que tiene consecuencias en “nuestra forma de pensar, sentir y vivir”. Es una mística que nos anima, unos móviles interiores que impulsan, motivan, alientan y dan sentido a la acción personal y comunitaria.”
    Coalición Ecuménica de la Protección de la Tierra

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  3. “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue. “ When making my yearly retreat at the Weber center in Adrian, MI I would look forward to talking with the other sisters and learning about their earth-friendly endeavors. The sisters have set aside apart of their property to grow wild flowers. Another part of their property was set aside for groups of sisters to develop vegetable or flower gardens. One of the places for peaceful prayer was their cemetery, which was laid out in a number of circles. Another section close to the circles of sisters was for green burial. They were taking care of the land while making the areas peaceful, prayful, and inviting.

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  4. I participated in a presentation by Dr. Susan Muto on “Celebrating the Gift of the Single Life”. In the session, she invited the participants to focus on the word alone and see it as “all-one”. Each one of us is a significant part of the whole-we are an interconnected community. I think about that when I experience nature-I am not alone on a nature walk but I am all one with our Provident God, God’s Community of Persons, and God’s creation. I celebrate the reality of solidarity!

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