“Who made the mountains
Who made the trees,
Who made the rivers that flow to the sea?
Then he sends the rains when the earth is dry
Somebody bigger than you and I.”
What an appropriate time to hear this song by Elvis Presley. Today is Earth Day, which began on April 22, 1970, to fight against the deterioration of the environment, is considered the largest secular observance in the world. This movement has led the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the “Clean Air, Clean Water, and the Endangered species Acts.” And America has responded positively to this movement.
The Catholic Church teaches that the earth and all creation are a gift from God for our benefit. “The Church is likewise conscious of the responsibility which all of us have for our world, for the whole creation, which we must love and protect.” Today, Pope Francis, with his Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si: Care for our Common Home,” is at the forefront of this movement, says,
Following the mandate of the Church, to be “collaborators in creation,” St. Vincent de Paul Parish and School ask our parishioners and students to make an effort to do so by observing the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).
Yesterday at the St. Vincent’s School Mass, Father Andrew said that “America has never had cleaner water and air.” He urged the students to continue to care for and be good stewards of the earth – in their homes and yards, and in their use of the cars and other household and play tools.
In the homes or at work, it can be as simple as turning off the lights in rooms not in use, disposing of trash properly, for repairing leaky faucets. In the yards, perhaps planting deciduous trees, to help reduce the heating and cooling energy costs, or considering a gas-less push mower. We can help maintaining clean air, by walking, carpooling, or taking public transportation, or simply keeping a well-maintained car.
These are just a few examples of what we can do to help preserve the earth for our generation and the next. Please click here to see more options to take to help be goods “Stewards of the Earth.”