Going Green in Spring – Prayer and Meals

These tips have been provided by members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Eco-Justice Committee.

PRAYER:

  1. In daily personal prayer spend contemplative time outdoors or looking out a window praying with and for the EARTH.
  2. Allow current issues, like climate change, mountaintop removal, Keystone XL Pipeline to be a spur to prayer.
  3. When you are leader of corporate prayer include EARTH in spoken intentions/petitions; or design a weekly prayer for EARTHs needs.
  4. Choose a location and time of day that can accommodate you or your group and which has immediate access to the outdoors (weather permitting).
  5. If your gathering space is indoors, plan to include EARTH elements in the setting—especially, EARTH, Air, Fire and Water.
  6. In your ministry–within parish, school, family or volunteer activities raise up EARTH concerns when you are gathered for prayer.
  7. Read Genesis – Chapter 1 and 2 reflectively. This will help us in our daily personal prayer spend contemplative time outdoors or looking out a window. praying with and for the EARTH.
  8. Spend time outside living in the present moment as you see wild animals, streams, blooming flowers, the earth, etc.
  9. Check the US Bishop’s website for a flyer speaking about Laudato Si’ or something on saving the EARTH. Seek permission to place a flyer in the church bulletin which hopefully will remind everyone that “we are all in this together.” in saving the EARTH.

 

MEALS:

  1. As you say grace before meals (and after) include thanking not only God but the EARTH and all who till and care for her for the food you have.
  2. Barbecuing
    • Use propane which burns cleaner than wood or charcoal.
    • If you’re wedded to charcoal try a more natural charcoal product.
    • When you’re done grilling, use natural cleaning products such as an organic grill cleaner.
  3. Perhaps consider a solar oven.
  4. Use a cloth napkin and remember why you do so. Be grateful for the trees saved by not using disposables.
  5. Shopping local is another great idea, and one that leads down the road to the green lifestyle.
  6. Choose locally-grown foods whenever possible—shopping at Farmers’ Markets, or buying through a CSA or buying club.
  7. Cook at least one meal “from scratch” each week, taking the time to be creative, learn new recipes, expand your taste buds and support your health.
  8. Try to eliminate processed foods.
  9. Use leftovers.
  10. Ask for locally produced food.
  11. If you eat meals prepared by others—whether a food-service, in-house cafeteria, or even a local restaurant (NOT fast food) ask kitchen staff/manager to utilize fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Be sure to compliment them when they do—and eat heartily!
  12. Read labels—note country of origin, number of long-syllable chemical ingredients, whether it contains GMO ingredients (or proclaims that it doesn’t since the US doesn’t demand fair labeling), as well as looking for Organic items.
  13. Don’t buy products with excess packaging (eg. wrapped “single-serving” items) or use single use paper and plastic ware, etc. Avoid Styrofoam always. If you must use disposables, take the time to locate recycled and compostable products—then do it!
  14. Never use hot, running water to defrost frozen foods, rinse vegetables and fruits in a sink or a pan filled with water instead of under running water. Plan ahead and place frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or use the microwave oven.

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One response to “Going Green in Spring – Prayer and Meals

  1. Thank you so much for these wonderful suggestions to put into action so as to save our planet and all the people and creatures who dwell in it.

    Blessings and gratitude,
    Sr. Brigid

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