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Stewardship of Creation: An Earth Day Message

Apr 22, 2021
Stewardship of Creation: An Earth Day Message | Photo by NEOSiAM 2021 from Pexels
Roger Lopez, OFM, has words for us to savor on Earth Day.

“Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore—Praise be to you, my Lord. In the words of this beautiful canticle, St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.” Pope Francis writes in Laudato Si’.

He goes on to write: “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. Nature is at our disposition and we are called to exercise a responsible stewardship over it. The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things.”

Father Roger Lopez, OFM, echoes that sentiment in today's video—a perfect message for Earth Day.



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Submitted by Charlotte Witosky (not verified) on Thu, 04/22/2021 - 08:42 AM

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Thank you so much for this article and words from Roger Lopez, O. I support Franciscan Media whenever I can. Our sister, Mother Earth needs all of us everywhere working together to save her and make her strong again. I am Formation Director of Padre Pio Fraternity, OFS in Raleigh, NC. On this wonderful Earth Day I am going to send this to all members of our fraternity. In Peace, Joy and All Goodness, Char Witosky, OSF

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