The faith community can be an effective force for change in the environmental crisis. Surely 1.2 billion Catholics and 2.2 billion Christians, united in stewardship, could make a difference. Many churches already take the lead: converting to solar power, changing parking lots into community gardens, divesting from fossil fuels, investing in alternate energies, minimizing plastic waste, and educating parishioners and neighborhoods about the impact of their carbon footprint.
God, show me the path to creation care that rises from my finest self,
my talents and unique personality.
With a camera try to capture a different natural wonder every day for a week. Extend the time if this activity appeals to you. Maybe you’ll catch the jewels of dew on a blade of grass, the flight of a sparrow, a tight flower bud. This practice may sensitize you to beauty, strengthening your commitment to protect it.