The Pope and the Planet

Pope Francis

“Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?” – Ezekiel 34:18

This is an add on to the post I wrote titled Moral Action for Climate Change.

Please read this article: The Pope and the Planet by Bill McKibben

One quote I enjoyed thoroughly from this article is:

intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us.

which reminds me of the 7th Generation Principle in the Iroquois Great Law of Peace (#28, last sentence).

This is the letter from the Pope that they are discussing in the article:  Laudato Si: On care for our common home.

Thoughts:  How can we become aware that we are united in our sufferings? What are some paths we can take to discover ways in which we can dissolve moral dilemmas and Earth’s aches and pangs?

Being aware is a key issue.  There are many that don’t seem to ‘care’ about where we are as a society.  They worry about where they are as an individual.  We are united in our sufferings as much as we are divided as people.

The butterfly effect is the perfect example of how a living organism’s small and seemingly harmless act can cause devastation at a later date somewhere else in the world.

Action is a path we can take to dissolve moral dilemmas and Earth’s aches and pangs.  I am also hearing ‘living by example’ as I type this.  We are taught at an early age to look at our parents, leaders and successful individuals as role models.  Step back and really look at them.  How do their actions give life to their beliefs?  Do their actions match their beliefs?  How are they suggesting we overcome the chaos and downward patterns that have made its way into our world?

If they can’t offer answers then we need to look elsewhere.  Yes, sometimes a change/revolution is needed.  Similar to what Jesus did.  Stepping up to the plate can be scary and a lot of work but it can also be so very reward to be a part of an event that shapes our world.

Next, I can’t help but hear the question: Where is God found?  Yes, He is all around us; omnipresence.  However, He is not found in time as time is man made–He is found in events as our Holy Books suggest.

What small act of kindness and wholeheartedness can you give to our world that will spread and grow into harmony?   How can you restore God’s world back to ‘very good’?

“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31

It warms my heart to think about stewardship; picking up litter as I walk into the grocery store.

I feel a powerful energy shoot out of my feet and hands when I hold someone in prayer.

I get tinglings all over my body when I am witnessing God’s ever moving Spirit in people’s lives.

These are my feelings and small acts.  Bearing witness and helping those that feel lost is my little part of bringing harmony/order back to God’s Creation.

God Bless,

Brooke

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