August 23

Reflection

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 is such a time. We now realize that our beautiful earth, which once went through its natural cycles, and then adjusted itself, 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, we are realizing that the warming we have seen in the past 50 years cannot be explained by natural factors alone. Ice core measurements reveal that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are higher than they have been for at least 800,000 years and that global warming is due primarily to human activities. Changes in rainfall have resulted in more floods, droughts or intense storms, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. Oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising. All of this is causing extinction of species and human suffering. The implications have hit home. As humans, we have become the most destructive species on the planet. We have to change.

As world leaders gather at the United Nations for a Climate Summit, thousands of us will gather on September 21 for the People’s Climate March. We have heard the call to action and we will make clear the need for repentance for our destructive life styles, 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. It is a time for conversion and responsible action.

Prayer

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.
Nedda

Action

Look up information on the many sites available about the people’s Climate March.
Prepare yourself and your family/community to participate. If you cannot march, plan on how you will give your support through prayer or political action such as writing to your State and National Congresspeople.

 

Suggested Reading

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

The 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

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


A
s 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 won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.
Barack Obama

I believe global warming and climate change are real threats to our planet.
Andrew Cuomo

By the time we see that climate change is really bad, your ability to fix it is extremely limited… The carbon gets up there, but the heating effect is delayed. And then the effect of that heat on the species and ecosystem is delayed. That means that even when you turn virtuous, things are actually going to get worse for quite a while.
Bill Gates

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 Mulgan

The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life.
Al Franken

 

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