September 24, 2017 – A View From the Rectory Window

 

On Saturday, September 30, 9:00am in the Pavilion at the Church of the Resurrection we will ask God’s blessing on our pets in anticipation of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.

In 1979, Pope Saint John Paul II proclaimed St. Francis as the “heavenly patron of those who promote ecology.” As the late Pope states:
 “He offers Christians an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation. As a friend of the poor who was loved by   
God’s creatures, Saint Francis invited all of creation—animals, plants, natural forces,
even Brother Sun and Sister Moon—to give honor and praise to the Lord. The poor man of Assisi gives us striking witness that when we are at peace with God we are better able to devote ourselves to building up that peace with all creation which is inseparable from peace among all peoples.”
 
St. Francis’ exemplary relationship with God’s creation, where every creature was sacred, is a path to follow today. It is a call to be stewards and care takers of creation recognizing our interconnection to it.
 
Another Francis-Pope Francis has elevated this call for the Care of Creation
The problem is urgent. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last
two hundred years.” We must all change our day-today actions to live more sustainably. “Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility.”On a larger scale, our leaders must be held to account.“Those who will have to suffer the consequences . . . will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility.”
 
Solving climate change means protecting the planet and vulnerable people, and we must hear “both the cry
of the earth and the cry of the poor.” Faith can guide us.“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains–everything is, as it were, a caress of God.”
 
Yes, the problems are big and urgent. But hope remains if we act in honesty and love.“Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home . . . Truly, much can be done!”
 
Where to begin? I encourage you, go online and read Pope Francis’ beautiful letter, ‘Laudato Si,’ (On Care for Our Common Home). Take your time with it. Put time, yes valuable time, aside to consider the richness of this letter. Consider this an invitation to become more knowledgeable of the beautiful Tradition of Our Catholic Faith that precedes Saint Francis of Assisi. Then, after having read this, contact me with ideas on how we might, as a parish family, embrace our responsibility to God’s Creation and to one another. Let us respond to the urgent
demand of our world, by considering the experience of our home(s),
 
Fr. Pete