I am so tired… I’m not sure how I’ll make it through tomorrow. I like this quote from Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The diversity of life manifests God’s glory… Aquinas tells us, God “produced many and diverse creatures, so that what was wanting in one in representation of the Divine goodness might be supplied by another… hence the whole universe together participates in the divine goodness more perfectly, and represents it better than any single creature whatever.”
They state at the beginning of their document that the whole universe is God’s dwelling and earth is humanity’s home. That we are reminded of the Creator through His creations and that, “Dwelling in the presence of God, we begin to experience ourselves as part of creation, as stewards within it, not separate from it. As faithful stewards, fullness of life comes from living responsibly within God’s creation.”
They go on to say that this does not mean that created things belong to the few, but to the entire human family. Although a life is not about the accumulation of things, all lives should be able to be lived out in dignity. They then follow with the following: “The painful adjustments we have to undertake in our own economies for the sake of environment must not diminish our sensitivity to the needs of the poor at home and abroad.”
Do you think they use the word “painful adjustments” to describe a change needed to the individual US Christian economy because we are so used to comfort and ease? Or because this kind of sacrifice is not familiar to most US citizens? Or do you think uncomfortable and painful could have been interchanged here?
Supporting renewable energy, cutting back on meat and animal-made products, planning trips to use less gas, buying local, starting your own garden, etc. Slowly being aware of your carbon footprint and reducing it in response to God’s call to stewardship that starts in Genesis and continues on. Do you think it’s painful? Or is it more about becoming aware and starting to make modifications for continuous improvement in this part of God’s call to us? How great of an urgency do you see here?
There is a thing that I’ve learned from CST called “Signs of the Times,” signs as indicators. I would encourage all Christians to opens their eyes, ears and hearts to these signs and see what it tells them.