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Earth Day

Earth Day

This day was established in 1970 as a secular observance; but it has spiritual and religious overtones and nuances.  This concern for creation is as old as the Jewish/Christian tradition.  St. Francis of Assisi saw caring for the earth as a special charism for himself and his followers; as witnessed by his Canticle of Creation, where he addresses the sun as brother, the moon as sister, the air as brother, and the water as sister.  Pope Francis brought these ancient traditions of the Church to our contemporary awareness by his Encyclical Laudato Sí - On Care for Our Common Home, issued in 2015.  Three questions merit our consideration:  Has my appreciation of God’s creation grown?”  “Has our nation shown more awareness of the importance of preserving and enhancing creation?”  “Has the world come to be better known by us, and thereby have we come to better know the Creator?”  Challenging questions!

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