The connection between our faith and the environment
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith.
We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
“The relationship between human activity and global warming must be constantly monitored for “the climate is a good that must be protected”.”
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, #470
“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.”
~ Pope Francis”
“The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole. . .
Our duties towards the environment are linked to our duties towards the human person, considered in himself and in relation to others. It would be wrong to uphold one set of duties while trampling on the other. (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth, 2009 [Caritas in Veritate], nos. 48, 51)”
Changes in lifestyle based on traditional moral virtues can ease the way to a sustainable and equitable world economy in which sacrifice will no longer be an unpopular concept. For many of us, a life less focused on material gain may remind us that we are more than what we have.
Rejecting the false promises of excessive or conspicuous consumption can even allow more time for family, friends, and civic responsibilities.
A renewed sense of sacrifice and restraint could make an essential contribution to addressing global climate change.
Genesis 1:1-31 – God made the heavens and the earth and it was good.
Genesis 2:15 – Humans are commanded to care for God’s creation.
Leviticus 25:1-7 – The land itself must be given a rest and not abused.
Join us as the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur Creation Justice Commission launches the Season of Creation from Sept 1st to October 4th.
Let’s listen to the Voice of Creation.