The Catholic Parish Church
96 Ness Road Shoeburyness SS3 9DH
and St Gregory's 'Chapel of Ease'
The Broadway Thorpe Bay SS1 3HH
7/8 Sep £656.31
OUR COMMON HOME
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” Genesis 1:31 “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #21
The first quote from Genesis shows us that all the wonders of creation come from God. Nothing was created without purpose. But as we hear in the second quote, our beautiful earth has changed – we have plundered the earth unthinkingly. We have forgotten that creation is God’s gift to us, for us to treat with respect. We are seeing this played out, right now. From floods to forest fires, we see the effects of climate change even here in the UK.
We might enjoy the warmer winters and hotter summers, but some of these changes to the climate already pose severe threats – to our health, our homes, our heritage and our beautiful landscapes.
At the same time, our sisters and brothers overseas face far more extreme challenges. Along with droughts and floods, climate change will multiply hunger, migration and conflict. Many of our global neighbours on the frontlines of climate change are already living in poverty. But our faith is one of hope and calls us to action. It calls us to refresh our relationships with God, creation and one another.
Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you on my return.
God bless and take care,