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Protect Our Common Home

"God destined the earth and all it contains for all people and nations so that all created things would be shared fairly by all humankind under the guidance of justice tempered by charity."

The Church in the Modern World, #69

June 18, 2015 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

In Laudato Si, a letter addressed to all the people of the world, Pope Francis presents a clear and compelling case for placing people at the center of a renewed commitment to caring for the planet.

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.  Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”  [139]

June 15, 2015 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

Saint Francis's Canticle of All Creatures

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

June 15, 2015 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

Among today's positive signs we must also mention a greater realization of the limits of available resources, and of the need to respect the integrity and the cycles of nature and to take them into account when planning for development rather than sacrificing them to certain demagogic ideas about the latter. Today this is called ecological concern... Nor can the moral character of development exclude respect for the beings which constitute the natural world, which the ancient Greeks alluding precisely to the order which distinguishes it–called the “cosmos”.

June 15, 2015 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!

Homily at His Inauguration

June 15, 2015 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

The beauty of the universe: the order and harmony of the created world results from the diversity of beings and from the relationships which exist among them. Man discovers them progressively as the laws of nature. They call forth the admiration of scholars. the beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man's intellect and will.  

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 341

September 29, 2014 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

On October 4, Catholics around the world celebrate the extraordinary life of St. Francis of Assisi.   His love for those who are poor and afflicted, as well as his deep affection for God’s creation, is a timely reminder as the Golden State enters the fourth year of a record-setting drought.

May 30, 2014 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

Last week at a general audience in Rome, Pope Francis strongly encouraged all people to nurture and protect Creation, which reveals "the greatness and love of God and His profound relationship with every creature."

April 22, 2014 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

On April 22,  Earth Day we can celebrate the beauty and wonder of God’s Creation, reflect on our human relationship and responsibility, and promote the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor.

February 20, 2014 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

 

As the California drought reaches historic levels, hundreds of water districts throughout the state are scrambling to fill the needs of rural, urban and industrial customers. Competing relief proposals fly through Congress even as Governor Brown teams with California legislative leaders to fashion a $687 million drought-relief program.

January 6, 2014 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

California is facing its third straight year of lower than normal rainfall. The Golden State is no stranger to drought and - although one has not been officially declared – the low levels of reservoirs, Sierra snowpack and groundwater are becoming increasingly apparent.

“Water is essential to who we are as human beings,” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops. “Our reliance on water reveals how much we are part of creation and creation is a part of us.”  

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