May 19

Reflection

“ Creation is the primary and most perfect revelation of the Divine.” (Thomas Aquinas) “Every existence is a mode of divine presence.”(Thomas Berry)  Both of these quotes are pointing us into the same reflection: we find the sacred in the experience of God’s creation.  If we could interiorize this reality, how could we treat our earth as we do? The sacred is not to be exploited, the gift of life is to be reverenced and protected, the revelation of God is to be interiorized.   These concepts do not guide our present  reality. We see the disruptions that are occurring within our own country: violent storms, droughts, wild fires, extinction of species, polluted waters and we still continue to abuse Earth.  Some of us deny that our lack of respect for the natural world is causing climate change. We are too comfortable with what we have to admit what we are losing. It is time to awaken; it is time for those who understand to make their voices too loud to be ignored.

Prayer

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.
Psalm 19

Action

Be familiar with all the indications and effects of climate change. In this beautiful season of Spring, take time to experience the beauty of all that is birthing and flowering. Realize your connection with it all.

Suggested Reading

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Matthew 6:26

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of God has done this? In God’s hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all humankind .
Job 12:7-10

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein

The good man is the friend of all living things.
Mahatma Gandhi

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Khalil Gibran

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare

 The impact of climate change is a tremendous risk to the security and well-being of our countries.
Nancy Pelosi

 We have to face the reality of climate change. It is arguably the biggest threat we are facing today.
William Hague

With so much evidence of depleting natural resources, toxic waste, climate change, irreparable harm to our food chain and rapidly increasing instances of natural disasters, why do we keep perpetuating the problem? Why do we continue marching at the same alarming beat?
Yehuda Berg

 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

One of the biggest obstacles to making a start on climate change is that it has become a cliche before it has even been understood.
Tim Flannery

The biggest threats to human survival today are not wars or conflict, it is modern business.
Steven Magee

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