May 16

Reflection

Earth needs people who feel a deep spiritual connection to all that lives. Persons are needed who exalt in the natural world, who weep at the destruction of the Earth community, and who want to connect  with others who feel the same.  This spiritual dimension of life offers an untapped reservoir of power, imagination, and courage that can involve us all. We are desperately in need of courageous people willing to meet the challenge of this damaged planet and to call us all into a new relationship with the natural world.   We need leaders who can see beyond the present cultural and economic view and adhere to a changed view that honors and respects the interconnection of life. We, in turn, need to recognize them for who they are and open our eyes and ears to the reality they present and desire to be changed. Alternatively, we can all ignore the dangers we face and live in denial to our own peril.

Prayer

Blessed are the eyes that see and the ears that hear.

Action

Consider your own attitude toward the challenges planet Earth is facing.
Go to http://kairosearth.org/common-ground/, or other sites to read what people are doing and perhaps to join the effort.

Suggested Reading

You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I dwell in the midst of the people.
Numbers 35:34

Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers or sisters, you did it to me.
Matthew 25:40

If we approach nature and the environment without openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si

We have a moral responsibility to protect the earth and ensure that our children and grandchildren have a healthy and sustainable environment in which to live.
Jim Clyburn

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
Ban Ki-moon

Our task must be to free ourselves … by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?
Rachel Carson

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

We the people have the strength to bring our country from our weak-kneed stumbling gait in the last ranks of reason to the leadership of the great march to environmental victory.
Walter Cronkite

We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.
Barbara Ward

 

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