The first missionary religious congregation for women in the history of the Church and the world is the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary founded in 1877 by BL. Mary of the Passion, now in the 139th year of its course.

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Life Shared

Care for Creation

 

Care for Creation

 

 

Creation is a ladder connecting the creature to the Creator. It is through the Lord’s creation that His glory and love for humanity are revealed. Calling our attention to the degradation of the environment, the abuse of nature and her resources is not just an ecological or social issue but also a theological and spiritual issue. God created the world as common home for all of the creation to live in harmony and be nourished through the earth.

The Holy Eucharist links the creature to the creator. A sincere participation and receiving of the Holy Eucharist will bring a change within us; it will help us to get rid of our greed and selfishness. It provides many ways to grow in Holiness; it is also the time to face the truth about oneself. God wants His children to come back to Him. No matter how sinful they are, but He hates the Sin not the sinner.” Home coming,” is a grace which fills the moment of retrospection, repentance and reconciliation.

One needs to turn away from selfishness to generosity, enmity to peace moving from divisions to unity. God is always behind us watching and waiting that we would return to Him, He never gives up His hope in us. We need to be reconciled with God, our neighbour and nature. Sometimes returning from sinful ways takes a long time, let us welcome God in everything and believe God’s mercy can make even the dry land a beautiful garden.

Remember that we are the dust of the earth, our bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air, receive life and refreshment from her water. Nothing in this world is indifferent to us. Man does not create himself; He is spirit and will but also nature. As Christians we are also called to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and our neighbours on a global level in God’s creation.

 Pope Francis says that, St. Francis is the patron saint of ecology since he was concerned for God’s creation. He communed with everyone, especially with the poor and outcast and lived in simplicity and harmony with God, with others and with nature.

Let us enable the power of Jesus and love to transform our lives, so that we become channels of His mercy through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish. Together let us pray to the Virgin Mary who helps us to walk in faith and charity even trusting in Lord’s mercy.

There is nobility in caring for creation through our daily little actions. Education in environmental responsibility can encourage  our ways of acting which affect the world around us avoiding  the use of plastic, paper , wastage of food and water.

Ecological education can take place in a variety of settings in families, Schools, institutions and elsewhere... Family is the place where the gift of God can be fully welcomed and protected against many attacks to which it is exposed with a sense of urgency and compassion.

Our beloved Pope says, “We need to hear both the cry of the poor and the earth and believe that simple actions make a big difference.”   Let us begin our journey on this path.

Sr.Miriam Paulose (Pauline)

Child Jesus Convent, Trichy.