June 12

 

Reflection

The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity not a pile of ore, if a river is one of the veins of the land not a potential source of irrigation water, if a forest is a sacred grove not timber, if other species are biological kin not resources, or if the planet is our mother not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect. This is our challenge to look at the world from a different perspective.
David Suzuki

Prayer

May I look at the community of earth as sacred.

Action

With what perspective do you view creation and all other beings?  What behaviors of yours unintentionally support the abuse of other creatures and of this earth?  What changes are you willing to make?

Suggested Reading

And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.
Jeremiah 2:7 

As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.
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

The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope
Wendell Berry

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
Rachel Carson

We might summarize our present human situation by the simple statement: that in the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human.
Thomas Berry

It is our collective and individual responsibility … to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live
Dalai Lama

Woven into our lives is the very fire from the stars and the genes from the sea creatures, and everyone, utterly everyone, is kin in the radiant tapestry of being. This relationship is not external or extrinsic to our identity but wells up as the defining truth from our deepest being.
Elizabeth Johnson

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
Aldo Leopold

It’s the little things that citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.
Wangari Maathai

We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.
Stephen Hawking

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