Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

People’s Climate March

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The world we live in, all of creation, is a gift from God and a great sign of His love for us.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has repeatedly stressed the responsibility we have been given by God to care for that creation.  As the Pope said recently, “When we exploit [creation], we destroy the sign of His love. Destroying creation is like saying to God, ‘I don’t like it’, and this is not good, it is a sin. Care for creation is care for God’s gift to us, and it means saying to God, ‘thank you, I am the custodian of creation, but to enable it to progress, never to destroy your gift….This must be our attitude in relation to creation, to protect it, because if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us! Do not forget this.”

I understand from Sister Carol De Angelo, a member of the Sisters of Charity here in New York, and Mr. Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network, that this Sunday, September 21, there will be a People’s Climate March here in New York City, and that various faith groups are coming together to participate.  It would be wonderful if there were a strong Catholic presence at the march, to indicate our prayerful support of God’s creation.

You can find more information at https://franciscanaction.org/article/fan-participates-peoples-climate-march and at http://peoplesclimate.org/faith/

Meeting Saints on All Saints’ Day

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Yesterday, I was moved during my visit to the emergency shelter at John Jay College which is helping so many affected by Hurricane Sandy. It was my privilege to be able to meet and talk with so many resilient and graceful men and women, including those being helped and those helping them!

 

Afterwards, I went over to Staten Island, which has been hit terribly hard by the storm. Please remember them in your prayers especially!

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, spent most of Thursday afternoon touring the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the East and South Shores of Staten Island. Read more here.

Finally, today is All Souls’ Day. For all of those who lost their lives during this storm and for all of our family members and loved ones who have died, we pray:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.