Daily Reflection

Daily Reflection Archives

April 22

Comments Off on April 22

Earth Day


Our care for this earth is a sacred act. We call on all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of God as Creator. Teach us to care for Earth our planet home with its beautiful depths and soaring heights, its abundance of life.  May we honor and show our love for God by treating God’s creation, and all creatures, as precious and holy. On this Earth Day we pause and consider this responsibility.

This year, the theme of Earth Day 2024 is ‘Planet vs. Plastics.’ With this theme comes the goal  to reduce plastic dependency and make the earth plastic-free.


May we not think of Earth just today, but cooperate responsibly to restore its health every day of our lives.


Do not delete this reflection as something which does not interest you. We all need a healthy Earth for our health, survival, and happiness. Whether we will live on a healthy planet is not a choice- it is a necessity if we are to live at all.

Support or join in one of these activities:

  • Skip plastic. Buy glass or paper products
  • Support planting billions of trees as one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere
  • Support organic farmers
  • Make an impact for our planet by cleaning up our public spaces
  • Turn off the lights when not in use
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Use a recyclable water bottle
  • Stand against deforestation
  • Contact your representatives. Hold them accountable

Suggested Reading

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
Job 38:4 

Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage,woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Each community can take from the bounty of Earth whatever it needs forsubsistence, but it also has the duty to protect Earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si

The Great Work, now as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner. The deepest cause of the present devastation is found in a mode of consciousness that has established a radical discontinuity between the human and other modes of being and the bestowal of all rights on the humans.
Thomas Berry

This earth is what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
Thomas Fuller

We do not inherit Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Native American Proverb

If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day — at every meal.
Ingrid Newkirk

I had assumed that Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions — those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.
Alice Walker

To treat all parts of Earth as sacred and Earth’s beings as our neighbors to be respected and loved.Land Ethic Statement, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Brentwood, NY