We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has Fundamental Moral and Ethical Dimensions that cannot be ignored.
Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation states, “Respect for creation is of immense consequence, not least because creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works.” And Pope John Paul II, in his 1990 World Day of Peace message, Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All Creation, reminds us that “And God saw that it was good (Gen. 1). God entrusted the whole of creation to the man and woman.” It is of vital importance that we as followers of Jesus accept the Church’s directive and “take a serious look at our lifestyle (Peace with God…). The Diocesan Care for Creation Committee provides a variety of information on the moral imperative to care for creation as our Church teaches us.
If you are interested in Church Teaching as well as practical suggestions the following are available:
(A full version of these powerpoint presentations can be obtained by contacting Deacon Don Weigel)
The Diocesan Care for Creation Committee has a Number of Resources that can be used to teach the moral perspective of our care for God’s creation and to present practical ways to help people to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Reduce energy consumption through Actions to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint. Accept a carbon fast this Lent. Consider a Selling Compact Florescent Lamps as a way to help and raise funds for other important advocacy efforts. One important aspect of caring for creation is not to over use finite resources of the earth.
As a Church that follows the teachings of Jesus, the greatest concern we are called to in addressing our care for creation is how does our over-use of resources impact our brothers and sisters in other countries. “Working for the common good requires us to promote the flourishing of all human life and all of God’s creation. In a special way, the common good requires solidarity with the poor who are often without resources to face many problems, including the potential impacts of climate change.” - Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good Read the insightful connections made by John E. Phelan in the U.S. Catholic Magazine article: What the Earth Needs Now is an Ethic of Life
The Popes and Bishops of Our Church have given us much to ponder. As Catholics we are called to learn more about what the Church calls us to and to discern our life choices in relationship to scripture, church teaching and the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The following web links can assist you with the Church’s teaching and action on the issue of care for creation:
St. Francis Pledge on Care for Creation
Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
Trash Talk: A Christian Response to our Throwaway Society
Pope Benedict on the Environment
Effects of Climate Change on Food Supply
St. Francis Parish Study Circle on Climate Change
For more information contact Sr. Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ or call 716-649-1205.