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Rationale

  “We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future.”   Earth Charter, Preamble As Franciscans, we affirm our relationship with all persons, made in the image and likeness of God, and for whom we are “our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” As followers of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Ecology, we have a unique calling as individuals and communities to recognize our contribution to climate change and to creating an environment that leads to the vulnerability of those affected adversely by its impacts. We recognize that the world’s poor people are the first to experience the detrimental effects of changing climate.  While we freely tote bottled water wherever we go, climate change threatens the world’s supply of fresh water, leaving the poor without access to drinking water or even sanitation. Historically, it is the high-income countries, like the United States, that have emitted the highest amount of carbon dioxide over the decades.  The impoverished countries, which have contributed little to global warming, are bearing the brunt of its negative effects.  Therefore, committed to our relationship with all Creation, we call upon ourselves and one another, to be prophets of change – to live simply, using only what we need; to seek greater contemplation in lieu of accumulation; to share instead of hoarding; to discipline our wants instead of seeking our whims. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is poverty, let me share plenty. Where there is hunger, food. Where there is thirst, water. Where there is homelessness, shelter. Where there is loneliness, companionship. For as creatures we are family. As persons we are reverenced. And together we are God’s Creation.

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Rationale

“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history,

a time when humanity must choose it’s future.” Earth Charter, Preamble
As Franciscans, we affirm our relationship with all persons, made in the image and likeness of God, and for whom we are “our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” As followers of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Ecology, we have a unique calling as individuals and communities to recognize our contribution to climate change and to creating an environment that leads to the vulnerability of those affected adversely by its impacts. We recognize that the world’s poor people are the first to experience the detrimental effects of changing climate.  While we freely tote bottled water wherever we go, climate change threatens the world’s supply of fresh water, leaving the poor without access to drinking water or even sanitation. Historically, it is the high- income countries, like the United States, that have emitted the highest amount of carbon dioxide over the decades.  The impoverished countries, which have contributed little to global warming, are bearing the brunt of its negative effects.  Therefore, committed to our relationship with all Creation, we call upon ourselves and one another, to be prophets of change – to live simply, using only what we need; to seek greater contemplation in lieu of accumulation; to share instead of hoarding; to discipline our wants instead of seeking our whims. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is poverty, let me share plenty. Where there is hunger, food. Where there is thirst, water. Where there is homelessness, shelter. Where there is loneliness, companionship. For as creatures we are family. As persons we are reverenced. And together we are God’s Creation.