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Carl Madigan, associate

Lenten Reflection~3rd Sunday of Lent


“Either we acknowledge that God is in all things, or we have lost the basis for seeing God in anything, including ourselves.”  --  R. Rohr


Pope Francis on his inauguration said that he chose Francis of Assisi because “for me, he is the man who loves and protects creation.  These days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we?”

Francis emphasized that the poorest in the world are the worst affected by environmental problems like climate change, desertification and contamination.  The way we treat the natural environment is symptomatic of the way we treat one another.  In a speech in July 2014, Francis said that unacceptable exploitation of the earth is a sin.

Francis’ predecessors often spoke about the need to address issues related to pollution and global warming and that good environmental stewardship is a moral imperative.  Protecting the natural environment for future generations is a responsibility that we can no longer ignore.

LAND – WATER – AIR --- gifts we all share and are so very fundamental for all creatures sharing this world with us.  How am I responding to what is taking place around the globe today?

It is written that “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (Psalm 69:9)

 – is not this earth, our home, our Father’s House? 

Am I willing to allow myself to be consumed by zeal for this holy dwelling place?


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