Becoming More Aware
Last weekend the parish hosted The Social Justice and Charitable Works Fair in the parish hall following all the Masses. Representatives of many organizations with which our parishioners are associated came together to raise awareness about local and global needs and concerns.
One of the issues highlighted by the fair was that of the changing climate, a problem near and dear to the heart of Pope Francis, who refers to it as “one of the most serious and worrying phenomena of our time.” On September 23, the pope sent a video message to the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York, in which he stated that climate change is “related to issues of ethics, equity and social justice,” and that the current crisis is not just an environmental issue, but a “challenge of civilization in favor of the common good.”
In order to prevent further degradation of our planet and ourselves, and to work for the full human development of all persons, we might want to join Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish climate activist, and Pope Francis, in becoming more aware of what we can do to heal our world…