If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation

Paul Keggington

December 31, 2009

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Pope Benedict XVI’s World Day of Peace Message for 2010 is: If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation. Our Holy Father pleads, “We can not remain indifferent to what is happening around us.”

reflection.jpgThis pastoral challenge is for all believers, but is clearly spoken to world leaders and to all of us who are concerned for the future of humanity. (Professional photos: Sister Mariella Erdmann, OSF and Mark Kolter.)

Some important points:

  • Respect for creation is of immanent consequence.
  • Economic, food-related, environmental or social crises are ultimately also moral crises and are inter-related.
  • Intergenerational solidarity is needed, as well as intragenerational solidarity in relationship with developing countries and highly industrialized countries (that means us.)
  • Environmental degragation challenges our lifestyle and current models of consumption and production which are often unsustainable from a social, environmental and even economic point of view.

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are vigilant in Eucharistic adoration today at the threshold of this new year keeping the Holy Father’s intention in mind. Are there any other requests for prayer at this time?

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