Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 10 July 2017
by Frances Correia
“The Spirit hovered over the water, and the world was begun” (Song, Medical Mission Sisters)
“Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity. This debt can be paid partly by an increase in funding to provide clean water and sanitary services among the poor. But water continues to be wasted, not only in the developed world but also in developing countries which possess it in abundance. This shows that the problem of water is partly an educational and cultural issue, since there is little awareness of the seriousness of such behaviour within a context of great inequality.” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n.30)
Lord, we are all created with equal dignity, and the gift of your world is given to all of us. Water is utterly essential for all life on our planet. With this in mind, help us to always work and think for the common good. In our political policies, but also in our homes and businesses, may we always be mindful of preserving and protecting our water supplies.