A Message from Reclaiming Earth Committee – Oct. 23

earth and creation

Those who use the “Give Us This Day” prayer book for daily reflection may recognize this reflection by Father Daniel P. Horan, OFM, a friar on staff at Catholic Theological Union.

What he writes has resonance as he states: “Today we face numerous natural threats and environmental crises, but unlike the people of Israel in Joel’s time, we know they are in part the product of our own making. But there are also prophets in our own time, calling us to repentance, lament and lifestyle changes. As Pope Francis says in “Laudato Si,” Christians need an ecological conversion, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue.” (217)

We must re-evaluate our lives and re-examine our behaviors. This reflection must lead us to concrete action if we hope to avoid the ultimate day of darkness and gloom described by Joel. (Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2. “Give Us This Day,” October, 2019, p 121)

Do we listen? Can we hear? Do we act? If not, ask yourself why not.