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August 10

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They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Isaiah 61:4

There comes a time in history of human consciousness when there is a groundswell of understanding. What was a passion of the few becomes a commitment of the many. This can be such a time. We now realize that our beautiful earth which once went through its natural cycles, and then adjusted itself into balance, is in crisis. Our home, the home of all living creatures is disfigured and out of balance and we are responsible.

Despite the naysayers and the corporate resistance to acknowledging it, the UN report recently released indicates that humans are unequivocally warming the planet. The warming we have seen in the past 50 years cannot be explained by natural factors alone. As humans, we have become the most destructive species on the planet. Climate impacts are severe in every region of the planet, and will worsen. The implications have hit home this summer. Earth has reacted with violent weather that has caused devastation and loss of life. We have to change. We have to hear the call to action. Our actions will have to make clear our repentance for our destructive life styles and our will to change, our sorrow to our animal and plant relatives for what we have allowed to happen to them, and our demand that world leaders act not in cooperation with those who are interested in a profitable status quo, but with those who desire to leave a healthy planet to future generations.


Mother/Father Source, teach us to live differently upon the body of our Earth Mother. Let us begin this very moment to put her well-being above our own personal concerns and issues. May we treat her as we would treat ourselves, with love, respect, caring, honor, and nurturance.


Be informed. Look up information on the many sites available about the state of our earth and the need to change our habits. Show your support through prayer or political action such as writing to your State and National Congresspeople.

Suggested Reading

Safeguard Creation because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!
Pope Francis

The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.
Pope John Paul II

Earth is indeed a precious gift of the Creator who, in designing its intrinsic order, has given us bearings that guide us as stewards of his creation. Precisely from within this framework, the Church considers matters concerning the environment and its protection intimately linked to the theme of integral human development.
Pope Benedict XVI

As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions.
Al Gore

The shift to a cleaner energy economy wont happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.
Barack Obama

By polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions and destroying our biodiversity, we are killing our planet. Let us face it, there is no planet B, Emmanuel Macron

Climate change knows no borders. It will not stop before the Pacific Islands and the whole of the international community here has to shoulder a responsibility to bring about sustainable development.
Angela Merkel

Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.
Desmond Tutu

The biggest barrier to dealing with climate change is us: our own attachment to habits that are hard to shift, and our great ability to park or ignore uncomfortable choices.
Geoff Mulligan