"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Weekly reflection from the Jesuit Institute

This is from the weekly newsletter of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa :-)

Quotation: “Humanity did not weave the web of life but is merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” 
Attributed to Chief Seattle

Reflection: Even though we live in a concrete jungle and our bare feet seldom touch real earth, we travel by iron horse or silver bird in the sky, we are still intimately tied to our world.  We may have mastered some of forces that nature imposes on us.  But we cannot escape the web of life of which we form part. 

Acid mine drainage and water pollution are effects of humans ignoring the ties that bind us to the earth.  We pollute the world at our own peril and the peril of following generations.  God’s providential design, of which we are stewards, is that we be dependent on each other and on the life of species surrounding us. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, please keep me humble enough to know my small place in your creation.  Help me to heal the world where it is hurt, and so be part of your saving plan.

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