Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!
Some will remember this 1961 musical, but is this you today? Certainly, we are besieged with calamities, deprivations, and violence. Do we scream “Enough! Let me escape from all this pressure!” Or is it “How long God will this go on?”
Perhaps we are in the midst of creating a new and sacred story this Lenten season. We are being immersed in a time of change/evolution—personally as well as collectively. Relationship is one of the key elements—with God, with self, with those around and far away. Creation is mine, says God. Do we/I really own that Truth in life/daily living? Do we/I see the beauties outside our windows or in the persons met? In my reflections do I connect my life choices/activities with their impact upon creation and the lives of the poor and vulnerable?
A Syrian living in a tent camp this winter within that ravaged county gives us a direction for our Lenten renewal: “In Syria we lose sometimes the taste of food and life but we can’t lose the taste of giving that sweetens our life.”
Over these Lenten weeks, as winter turns into Spring, in conjunction with Laudato Si and urging of “Making Peace with Nature” report by the UN Environment Program, the Eco-justice Committee offers you its “Going Green in Winter” series. Each section (Food, Home, Energy, Water, Earth) calls us to reflection and action for the sake of sustaining God’s Creation.
To prepare you for this series, we share this special video. Regina Loayza, a member of Proyecto Mariposa and Rising Youth under our Common Spirit grant, has created a TED talk in which she begins with her personal experiences of climate change, heat, and pollution in family visits to Peru. Using the metaphor of a sewing needle, she ‘sews’ for us the fabric for climate change legislation through which everyone has access to healthy air, water, and land, well-being, and economic security. Click here to view her talk.