More than just an Earth Day theme or good common sense for a sustainable future, care for the environment is a requirement of our Catholic faith. Care (or stewardship) for creation is one of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching, a network of interrelated principles that define the Catholic commitment to the value and dignity of all life. We are called to be something more than consumers. We are called to be caregivers or stewards of the planet and its people, members of a global community, which means not only ensuring the sustainability of the planet and its resources but also protecting the most vulnerable from the dangers of misuse of these resources.
Check out some of the links in the menu to your left to learn more and then explore below some of the ways you can take action. And keep in mind what you see here just scratches the surface! It's a starting point—see where it takes you.
1. Take the St. Francis Pledge
2. Get inspired by some of the ideas St. Robert's parishioners shared in June 2016 to create our Living Laudato Si Tree.
3. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
4. Try curbside composting, now available in our area. We're doing it at the rectory and for parish events, too!
5. Start a garden at home or rent a plot at the new Andover Community Garden on High Plain Road. Dedicate some of your harvest for the food pantry or volunteer at the Giving Garden to help provide healthy, fresh produce for those in need locally.
6. Spring cleaning? Donate your gently used items:
7. Buy local and/or fair trade when available
8. Stay informed:
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of our land as your love would make it:
a land where the weak are protected, and none go hungry and poor;
a land where the benefits of civilized life are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a land where different races and cultures live in tolerance and mutual respect;
a land where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
And give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“We cannot live harmlessly or strictly at our own expense; we depend upon other creatures and survive by their deaths. To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament; when we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration…in such desecration, we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want. —Wendell Berry