Nature: Can We Live with It?

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

OK, so I had another morning when I had to go out and clean out the crape myrtle leaves from my car’s trunk and around the windshield. Every morning? Really? And if you do not clean out the leaves and gunk, there will be a dark residue forming that makes you think the car is corroding.

But have you ever seen a crape myrtle in bloom? There is a very, very faint scent to the flower and it does not last long. There are white crapes, red or rose colored ones, and sometimes a deep ruby colored flower. Being upset with nature or enjoying the fruits of its growth, which defines you?

We are living in a world that really needs to come to terms with Mother Nature and accept that there is little we can do to stop the natural activity all around us.

We have certainly tried to defy nature. We have built dams; we have built housing developments on flood plains; we have continued to deplete the forests and the wetlands. But we are still foiled at every turn. Why can’t we predict earthquakes? Why can’t we control the hurricanes and tornadoes? Why are forest fires burning out of control? Why are there bears in people’s backyards? Is there really such a thing as warming on a global scale?

Stewards-of-EarthDuring June of 2015, we had a summer camp for boys here at the Peace Center [in New Orleans] and one of our trips with the gang was to the Aquarium. After the trip, we discussed things and asked them why we even had aquariums. They told us it was because some of the fish and animals had nowhere to live outside anymore. They told us that some of the animals could only be found in aquariums anymore. They told us that they were glad we have aquariums because some of them figured out they might never have seen these creatures anywhere else. Then the conversation really took off, and they decided the same thing would be true of zoos and insectariums. Could the creatures be safe anywhere else?

In his encyclical “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis has not told us much we did not already know, and he puts it in very straightforward language. God gave us the earth to be stewards of all creation, not abusers or destroyers. How can we live in partnership with the rest of the natural world?

Posted in Wednesday's Word

7 responses to “Nature: Can We Live with It?

  1. Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out
    and say I really enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the
    same topics? Appreciate it!

  2. First off I want to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Thank you!

  3. Thank you Sister Pat for your comments and insights of our precious earth and God’s precious people. We should all be responsive to the needs of the earth and to each other. We should do so knowing that we are doing God’s will to build up His Kingdom. Your comments are perfectly timed with the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. He is expressing the very same thoughts to the world. May God’s peace be with you Sr. Pat.

  4. Right on, Pat. Those children are more wise than we. Also, all living aspects of creation have residue/waste. We who are the worst “wasters” must learn to look beyond ourselves and realize our connectedness to our “home”/Earth.

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