by Frances Correia
“To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God” – Pope Francis Laudato SI’
In the last week Hurricane Matthew has caused widespread devastation and damage to life and property. It is a marked reminder that we are affecting weather, and that climate change has real consequences for life. In his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis emphasises the importance of adequate care for the earth. We live in a complex world and are only just beginning to realise that our actions – in particular industrialised actions – have far greater consequences than people initially imagined.
Lord we ask for the grace to understand our role in your world.
In particular help me to become more aware of what I might do to help our earth.
Help me to think and live in a more environmentally sensitive way.
May I learn to see all of creation as a sacred gift.