Care for God’s Creation
All of creation is a gift from God and should be respected as such. We show our respect by the way we care for the earth as stewards of all that has been entrusted to us. We need to examine how our excessive consumerism and poor environmental practices are exploiting the earth and take measures to correct our destructive patterns.
“Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan–it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation” (Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, USCCB, 1998).