June 15


Access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential
to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights
Laudato Si


Water is a precious gift, yet, we have used it and abused it without thought of the consequences to living creatures and the earth. The availability and quality of water is increasingly under strain. Even if conditions were to remain constant for the foreseeable future, much of the world would find itself in a state of water-related crisis. The number of people living without safe drinking water and basic sanitation is appalling. This leads to an enormous toll of human suffering, loss of life and economic damage. With every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources, some foresee a future filled with conflict over a water crisis that threatens us all. It is our responsibility individually and as international communities to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water available to future generations and to cooperate in that goal.


Help me. O God, not to take the sustaining gift of life-giving water for granted.  Let me live in gratitude for Your gifts and cherish and protect them.


I will be careful and not wasteful in my use of water,

Suggested Reading

And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.
Matthew 10:42 

Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi  

In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.
Rachel Carson

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
Thomas Fulle 

Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.
Slovakian Proverb 

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
Loren Eiseley  

My connection to the earth is reinforced through the rhythm of the waves.
Mike Dolan

He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.
George Herbert