September 27

Reflection

At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both the human environment’ and the natural environment. To embrace our role as stewards of God’s creation, we must employ restraint and moderation in the use of material goods, so we do not allow our desire to possess more material things to overtake our concern for the basic needs of people and the environment. In fulfilling these duties, we promote a focus on authentic development, encouraging the economic and spiritual advancement of the poorest people on earth as a means to living out our Catholic faith.
USCCB, Global Climate Change


Prayer

Creator God, grace us with a sense of our responsibilities.

Action

Where in your living do I need to employ restraint and moderation?  Support or join with those who are working for sustainability. ( earthjustice.org, /www.greenpeace.org/usa/,catholicclimatecovenant.org)

Suggested Reading

At its core, the environmental crisis is a moral challenge. It calls (on) us to examine how we use and share the good of the Earth, what we pass on to future generations and how we live in harmony with God’s creation.
Renewing the Face of the Earth, USCCB

We must never forget that the natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone.
Pope Francis

The seriousness of ecological degradation lays bare the depth of man’s moral crisis… Simplicity, moderation, and discipline as well as the spirit of sacrifice must become a part of everyday life.
John Paul II

The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.
Gaylord Nelson

If we go on using the Earth uncaringly and without replenishing it, then we are just greedy consumers.
Satish Kumar

There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.
Barack Obama

The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.
John F. Kennedy

The ecological crisis is doing what no other crisis in history has ever done — challenging us to a realization of a new humanity.
Jean Houston

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