The Popes intention for September is “Respect for the Planet’s Resources: We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner”.
It reminds us of the importance of creation. Last week we looked at the first paragraph of “Laudato Si”, the Pope’s Encyclical “On Care for our Common Home”. Today we look at paragraph two:
2. This sister (Mother Earth) now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.”
From the beginning of the document Pope Francis points out the negative effects of humanity’s misuse of the earth’s resources and the need for us to recognise our true place in God’s creation.