by Frances Correia
“For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins… To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God.” – (Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew)
Patriarch Bartholomew has drawn attention to the ethical and spiritual roots of environmental problems, which require that we look for solutions not only in technology but in a change of humanity; otherwise we would be dealing merely with symptoms.
He asks us to replace consumption with sacrifice, greed with generosity, wastefulness with a spirit of sharing, an asceticism which “entails learning to give, and not simply to give up.” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #9)
may I be generous, just as you are generous, may my desire for consumption, be replaced with a desire to sacrifice, my greed with generosity, my wastefulness with a spirit of sharing, so that I may become a good steward of your creation.