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/