Care for God’s Creation

If you remember the article on solidarity, we’re all members of the human race and responsible for each other. The Care for God’s Creation theme of Catholic Social Teaching adds the animal and plant kingdoms to the mix. We are responsible for preserving the planet for future generations.
Pope Francis tells us in Laudato Si:
“This responsibility for God’s earth means that human beings, endowed with intelligence, must respect the laws of nature and the delicate equilibria existing between the creatures of this world, for “he commanded and they were created; and he established them for ever and ever; he fixed their bounds and he set a law which cannot pass away.” (Ps 148:5b-6)                                                                            (Laudato Si, Paragraph 68)
Environmental protection usually makes us think of sacrifices and inconveniences. But there are tangible benefits to environmental protection. Doing less harm to the environment lowers energy bills and provides cleaner air, water, and food. You might even feel more comfortable with your house a little cooler in the winter and a little warmer in the summer. Some of you wish you didn’t have to bring a jacket to attend Mass in the summer.
Social Concerns Care For Gods CreationCaring for God’s creation doesn’t mean you have to live in a cave. Some ways you can begin to care for God’s creation include the following:
  • Eat less meat. Pretend it’s Lent all year long and avoid meat one day a week or eat one meatless meal each day.
  • Avoid printing every email you get.
  • Open windows on cooler summer days.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Use reusable bags when grocery shopping instead of plastic bags.
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