This coming year, Pope Francis will release a much anticipated encyclical on care for creation.

In preparation for the encyclical and Easter, we are offering a Lenten reflection series. Authors from around the world will offer short reflections from their experiences of caring for creation and the day’s readings.  These daily reflections will examine our faith and how we practice environmental stewardship.

Today’s Reflection:

This Easter we are invited to enter the scene as if we were part of the natural world – the hewn rock tomb or a plant changed by resurrected light. These contemplations cannot help but provoke feelings of gratitude and compel us towards action on behalf of creation.

Just as the sun peaks over the horizon announcing the dawn of a new day, three women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome find themselves journeying to the tomb where Jesus is buried.

Good Friday is not the whole story. Suffering is not the whole story. But even in the radiant newness of Easter Sunday, Good Friday is not to be forgotten. We remember. We stay close to what is broken as it is made whole.

This night, we recall Jesus’ astonishing decision to kneel before those who followed him and to transfigure himself not into something shining or glorious, but into a woman, a servant, a poor person, a slave.

Readings for Today On this “Spy Wednesday,” our hearts are focused on Jesus’ surrender into God’s hands, even knowing he will be betrayed. We also reflect on how we have all betrayed the trust we have been given for this planet.  It is overwhelming to realize and accept.  However, this week, we can be grateful […]

In the world today, marked by the problems of climate change, the economic poor are a light to the rest of the nations.

We know that environmental disasters disproportionally impact the most vulnerable. Think of Hurricane Irene’s impact on the poor of Atlantic coastal cities. Think of the impact of rising sea levels on small island nations. By caring for God’s Creation, we care for the poor.

When in distress, the psalmist also turned to God in love, finding strength and refuge. These are helpful reminders for when we don’t know if or how to act for the environment, if we’re not sure what or who to believe, if we feel overwhelmed or lose hope.