As well as this we have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some liturgical odds and ends and notices.
You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.
Cry of the Earth - A Call to Action for Climate Justice
Noirin Lynch from LDPC joins us on this weeks programme to talk about "The Cry of the Earth" published by the Irish Bishops Conference.
You can listen to Noirin's interview excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.
On the role of the Church, Pope Benedict stated: ‘The Church has a responsibility towards creation and she must assert this responsibility in the public sphere’ (nn. 48 and 51). Accordingly, in The Cry of the Earth individuals, parish communities and all people of good will were invited to reflect on ‘that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying’ (n. 50).
|Bishop Leahy at the launch in Maynooth|
As more and more people in our society are becoming aware of the unjust impact of climate change on some of the most vulnerable communities in our world, The Cry of the Earth has now been updated 2014, with supporting resources for dialogue at parish level, with a new title - The Cry of the Earth: A Call to Action for Climate Justice.
The second part of this reflection sees our natural environment as ‘a wondrous work of the Creator containing a “grammar” which sets forth … Criteria for its wise use, not its reckless exploitation’ (n. 48). It offers such reflections on sacred scripture, key ethical principles and themes from Catholic Social Doctrine. They inspire and guide our vocation as stewards of God’s creation. While scientific knowledge is constantly evolving, the principles that inform our approach, as Christians, to these developments remain steadfast, rooted in our faith.
Noirin tells us about the resource which has been made available for parishes and other groups which includes a short four step reflections, a quiz to assess how environmentally friendly our parishes and schools are.
- You can read more about the pastoral letter on the website of the Irish Conference of Bishops.
- Click the link for a PDF of the full text of the Pastoral reflection The Cry of the Earth A Call to Action for Climate Justice 2014
- GLAS – a pastoral resource for parishes to supplement The Cry of the Earth: A Call to Action for Climate Justice – click here
- Article by Éamonn Meehan from September 2014 issue of Intercom Magazine: Hearing the Cry of the Earth
- Articles and information on climate change from Trócaire, the Overseas Development Agency of the Catholic Church – click here
- Rev Professor David Wilkinson on climate change – BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day 22 September 2014
has the master given
to my trust?
can it be put to work
at a profit
as faith must?
are now employed
for his gain?
to use each aptitude
though it may bring
cost and pain?
have I to spend
the master comes again
on his face?