by Frances Corriea

“Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation”. (Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Pastoral Statement on the Environmental Crisis)

The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #13)

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #14)

Lord we ask for the grace to be inspired to take seriously the plight of our world. Give us the generosity to work together to seek new ways to live that are life-giving to all your creatures.

Amen