From the desk of the Parish Priest...

My dear Parishioners,

Holy Father Pope Francis on 18th June 2015 dedicated his encyclical entitled “Laudato Si” which means “Praise be to you” taken from the canticle of the sun, a hymn  of praise to God for his creation written in 1224 by St. Francis  of Assisi.

 

Holy Father highlights in the encyclical the Mother Earth given by God to the humanity by referring to the first book of Genesis (Gen 1:26) where he says God created the planet and he said it was good. Finally He created man and women in his own image and likeness to have dominion over the earth. Man is the custodian of the earth. He is required to protect the earth and all the living beings. Instead he has systematically destroyed the Mother earth and its wealth. The fruit of this resulted in ecological crises. Today, pollution of the environment and water accumulation of waste, global warming, deforestation, climate change, biodiversity, global inequality and ecological debt of poor countries. These directly affect the life of the people.

 

The Holy Bible and the teaching of Church always stressed the responsibility of human beings in the world. The First Pages of the Bible. We are instructed by God to cultivate and care for the creation. Human life is essentially built on healthy relationship with God, neighbour and with creation. (Gen 1:28) however due to man’s selfishness, the plan of God is misinterpreted and misunderstood in the creation story. Pope says the Bible has no place for tyrannical anthropocentric, unconcerned for other creatures.

 

Holy Father speaks to protect and avoid further damage of the environment, which is the global Home of the humanity. He proposes certain immediate remedies, such as ecological education to mobilize the global humanity to consider the earth as common home. To think beyond creed, caste, colour race. He stresses the education on environmental responsibility to be incorporated in syllabus from the lower to higher level of education. Ecological education should be part of the catechizes in the Church.

 

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed” Pope again and again says that the cause behind this deteriorating world is human greed. M.K. Tolba Director of United Nations Environmental Programme says “we face by the turn of the century an environmental catastrophe as complete, as irreversible, as any nuclear holocaust” if present trend continuous. Let us reflect on the above points and act as responsible Christians to protect the Mother of earth.


Vicar
   

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12-14 

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