Care of God’s Earth


” And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1, 31)

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” (Genesis 2s 15)

THEOLOGY: Catholic tradition insists that we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. The steward is a manager, not an owner. In an era of rising consciousness about our physical environment, our tradition is calling us to a sense of moral responsibility for the protection of the environment,  croplands, grasslands, woodlands, air, water,minerals and other natural deposits. Stewardship responsibilities also include use of our personal talents, our attention to personal health and our use of personal property.

SALESIAN THEME: Salesian writings are filled with images and metaphors taken from nature. Francis de Sales urges us to live our faith in union with all creation and together praise Cod. We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. A contemplative response is one of love, appreciation, delight and awe rather than arrogance and utilitarian use of creation.

REFLECTIONS

1. Recall the times when I have appreciated the beauty of nature and how it tells of the glory of God. Which psalms do I like that speak of this glory?

2.In light of how the earth is now being ravaged, what are some new  ways I might be called to fast , shop, contribute money, run a household and conduct a business?

3.In extending respect to the dignity of the human person, how can I include all creation in addressing issues like a consumerist lifestyle, education, war, poverty?

4. We have a moral responsibility to seek information about current events so as not to fall into denial through ignorance. What do I read? How do I educate myself and others?

5. Reread Genesis 1:26-31. In the creation stories the word dominion is used rather than domination. In what way is this more appropriate in the light of this theme?

Source: Justice Shall Flourish booklet.

(This completes the series)

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