It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent.
So what they all need is an ecological conversion, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.
Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.
(from Pope Francis, Laudato Sí – 217)
Today, 5th June is World Environment Day. See http://worldenvironmentday.global/. There is no shortage of wonderful resources and information available to confirm the real issues for our Planet and for Humanity, so that we can inform our actions. The ‘something more’ that each of us can add to the committed actions of the ‘global community’ is the passion and eternally creative and consistent contribution that an “ecological conversion” unleashes.
This poem by Mary Oliver simply reminds us of the inter-relatedness of all things.
Poem Of The One World
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water
and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to
sooner or later
is a part of everything else
which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.