Archdiocese Care of Creation Weekly Inserts
Taking action to protect God’s great gift to us, Mother Earth!
Thank you for your interest in reading the Creation Care bulletin inserts and keeping alive the message of Laudato Si’ and individual action in our community. These articles are sent to parishes in our deanery, for publication in their Sunday Bulletins.
We will be posting only the last 4 articles on this page!
THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JANUARY 17, 2021
“The Church has a responsibility towards Creation and considers it her duty… to protect earth, water and air as gifts of God, the Creator, meant for everyone…”
– Pope Benedict XVI
CLIMATE CHANGE: A MATTER OF FAITH? YES – Pope Francis follows John Paul II and Benedict in recognizing the scientific consensus that most of the current warming trends are caused by human activity. Deforestation and burning fossil fuels are major causes. While some have wrongly turned it into a political issue, Pope Francis recognizes it as a social justice and a moral issue. This is because those who will suffer most from the resulting environmental damage are the poor and future generations…who are least responsible for causing it. Francis calls upon individuals, governments and corporations to make changes to mitigate the problem. He has met with top Energy company executives and they have agreed to support policies that put a price on carbon emissions. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops also has issued a statement of support for legislation (H.R.763) that puts a price on carbon emissions to encourage a switch to clean energy, without economically harming the poor or middle class. The severe human costs, that will be a consequence of doing nothing, make this a moral issue and a matter of concern and action as part of our faith.
THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JANUARY 10, 2021
“Respect for life… extends also to the rest of Creation…”
– Pope John Paul II
Avoid products containing palm oil at the grocery store – Palm oil is a popular vegetable oil used in candy bars, snack foods, cookies, baked goods, packaged foods, and personal care products. Too often the palm oil tree plantations destroy enormous tracts of virgin tropical forests, exploit child labor, grab land from local communities and devastate critical habitat for elephants, orangutans, and tigers. The burning of tropical forests for palm oil plantations also releases enormous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Compare labels and try to avoid products with palm oil.
THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JANUARY 3, 2021
“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of Creation.”
– Pope Francis
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: FOR CARE FOR CREATION!
- The Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, is a text of landmark significance in Catholic Social Teaching. He challenges us to rethink our relationship with nature.
- Pope Francis reframes the environmental dialogue from a political discussion into language of faith. Creation, the natural world around us, is recognized as a precious gift from God to be reverenced by all.
- The Holy Father invites us to become aware and reflect deeply on the unsustainable environmental degradation around us and its consequences.
- Francis extends an “urgent challenge to protect our common home… to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.”
- The Pope asks us to examine our lifestyles through sound ecological virtues, strive for greater simplicity and to focus less on material things.
- Through active stewardship and reducing excessive consumption / waste we demonstrate our care for Creation and gratitude for this great gift from God.
THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN DECEMBER 27, 2020
“…we need to commit ourselves to caring for Creation, without squandering its resources…”
– Pope Benedict XVI
Keep It Simple! – Pope Francis cautions us to avoid the “culture of consumerism” when he says, “A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment.” A simpler “outer” life, free of clutter and distraction, makes it easier to be more spiritual. In turn, spirituality leads to a less attached and simpler outer life. A virtuous circle! Material simplicity is an intentional pathway to more joy, happiness and the flourishing of God’s Creation. Filter acquisition decisions through a lens of needs v. wants. “Less is more.”