CARE for CREATION - CARE for the POOR (Environment/Integral Ecology)A component of Social Justice - Franciscan Action & Advocacy
On April 22nd each year, we celebrate Earth Day to focus our attention on sustainable living and environmental protection to maintain and improve the habitat for people and wildlife. Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it. Today, Earth Day is perhaps the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by over a billion people as a day of action to change human behavior and drive more environmentally friendly polices at the local, national, and global levels.
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Catholic Social Teaching – Care for God’s Creation
“We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of Gods creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.”
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is honored to be a GreenFaith-certified faith-based environmental leader, an official “GreenFaith Sanctuary” and a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat® site!
The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for “the least of these.” (Mt. 25:40)
The Environmental Justice Program (EJP), a program of the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.
“I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of good will: let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”
“The relationship of mankind with nature must not be conducted with greed, manipulation and exploitation. It must conserve the divine harmony that exists between creatures and Creation within the logic of respect and care.”
“Saint Francis of Assisi bears witness to the need to respect all that God has created and as he created it, without manipulating and destroying creation; rather to help it grow, to become more beautiful and more like what God created it to be. And above all, Saint Francis witnesses to respect for everyone, he testifies that each of us is called to protect our neighbor, that the human person is at the center of creation, at the place where God – our creator – willed that we should be. Not at the mercy of the idols we have created! […] From this City of Peace, I repeat with all the strength and the meekness of love: Let us respect creation, let us not be instruments of destruction! […] We turn to you, Francis, and we ask you: Obtain for us God’s gift of harmony, peace and respect for creation!”
Care for Creation Committee Members
- Rev. George C. Corrigan O.F.M.
- Jim Bundy
- Scott Deane
- Wendy Deane
- John Moonan
- Theresa Varner
- Melissa Morgan
- Maggie Eves
- Brandon Jubar
Care for Creation Committee Mission Statement
Our parish Care for Creation Committee, in accordance with God’s command and our responsibility as a GreenFaith Sanctuary, will endeavor to model, educate, and advocate for the moral and faithful stewardship of God’s earth, never forgetting the kinship between all creation and the human person. We will strive to promote communities focused on well-being, sustainable living, and waste reduction, while encouraging a renewal in the sacramental view of creation, which recognizes that through the gift of creation we may all encounter and grow closer to God.