A weekly reflection on an important passage from Pope Francis’ letter on ecology, Laudato Si (Our Common Home), offering practical suggestions for families to translate these ideas into prayer and action.
We have not yet managed to adopt a circular model of production capable of preserving resources for present and future generations, while limiting as much as possible the use of non- renewable resources, moderating their consumption, maximizing their efficient use, reusing and recycling them. (22)
“Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” John 6: 12
Read the story of the multiplication of the loaves in John, Chapter 6. Reflect on the products, food, and overall consumption habits of your household. Is Jesus asking your household to gather anything up, so that nothing will be wasted?
There are so many ways that we can reduce our consumption and make wiser choices when it comes to the products we use:
- Buy used whenever feasible
- Look for products that use less packaging, even if that packaging is recyclable. It’s important to remember that, while recycling is good, it requires energy to do so.
- Look for items that can be used multiple times
- Maintain and care for products so that they won’t have to be replaced or thrown out as frequently.
- Contact your favorite companies and stores, urging them to increase the sustainability of their packaging.
- Look into local social groups that facilitate a “sharing economy”, such as the Buy Nothing Project.
10/10 – St. Francis
10/17 – Confession
10/25 – Connectedness, Air Quality
10/31 – The Book of Nature, Parks and Open Spaces
11/7 – E-waste