“Teach your children what we have taught our children – that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. ” Chief Seattle
- Daily Mass Readings
Show compassion to the environment…
Think about ways you can reduce waste in your home.
Decide what can be reused instead of thrown out
Reduce the amount of red meat you eat over the week
Turn off the lights not being used.
Plant bee friendly native flowers
Start a vegetable patch
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour,
and all blessing To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no person is worthy to mention Your name.
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.
Extend our Compassion
Indigenous peoples all over the world, often talk about their connection to the land, land as their mother. In recent decades we have slowly started to listen but other forces claim our attention. We have pit against each other the health of the earth and the economy; as if they are two very unrelated forces opposed to each other. For decades now, we have heard strong prophetic voices, pleading with us to care for the planet and still, we are reluctant – rich countries, consume to access while the poor pay the price.
I like the notion that creation is a gift passed to us to care for, not to own. Having received this gift from our ancestors we must pass it on to our descendants. The bible calls this stewardship. Yet we seem to take this gift and make it ours to own exclusively. Like so many of us, I am guilty of this sin.
We need new imaginations, new ways of thinking about our economy, progress and success. It seems at times that our worth and success is closely linked to our ability to consume as we shop for the latest must haves. Yes, guilty again.
How do we begin to care for the environment?
Can I shop less? Reuse and recycle more?
Are last year’s cloths good enough for this year?
Does my phone need updating as often as I’m told?
Maybe this pandemic is a gift, an invitation to stop and look, to see in full light. In the same way we can intentionally look at other people and see more than their function, we need to look intentionally at creation and see more than what can be profited or used or consumed.
Can we extend our compassion to the earth?