A few weeks ago, I got the chance to gather with others in celebration of Catholic Students’ Week. We feasted on ice-cream and Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si.
After a time of quiet reflection, I am elated to share my thoughts on the document. At the heart of this piece is reverence for all created things as an extension of humanity. It takes a voyage through facts about the earth as we know them. Pollution, rapid deforestation, and flooding have become commonplace due to the continued misuse of resources in our common home.
The encyclical mentions “throwaway culture”, the penchant to mindlessly consume and discard resources, that pervades our lives and relationships. Francis points to the book of Genesis to remind us that we ourselves are dust of the earth.
My parents always said that it was wrong to waste resources simply because they were available. Many been forced to flee their homes due to poverty arising from the breakdown of the environment.
If God who is goodness himself, created and called all things good, why should we regard them as any less?
I will be sharing a few ways to care better for the home we all share. This is not an individual call but an invitation for each person to change their world. Tiny drops of water make a mighty ocean after all.
- Simplify your life, use only what is essential and donate or refurbish what is not.
- Turn off lights and unplug electronic items when not in use. You save on electricity bills this way.
- Turn off the tap when brushing. Save water when you can.
- Use water bottles and refill when necessary instead of plastic bottles.
- Use compost as manure for plants in your garden or on your farm.
My sincere hope is that we remember to live with awareness and gratitude for the life that surrounds us in all forms.