|46. An ecological conversion|
|Wednesday, 12 October 2011|
Steve Curtin, SJ
Fr Nicolás recently wrote to Jesuits reminding us of our commitment to our environment. Our last General Congregation said that we could not remain indifferent to the ecological destruction in our world.
Of course, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will judge us by the seriousness with which we address this ecological challenge.
The heart of any response is personal conversion. The environment must matter to us. It has to do with our faith, not just with politics and economics.
Personal conversion leads us to the small actions we can take as individuals, families and communities. We might make small changes to how we use power for heat and light, to our forms of transport, to our attitude to consumer goods, and so on. These symbolic actions are important because through them our convictions begin to affect our hands and hearts. Simplicity of life helps build integrity.
Finally, as citizens we can press our governments to give full weight to the environmental consequences of their policies for economic growth and development.
These are small things, an expression of our good faith and our respect for our descendants. They also express our gratitude to God for the beauty and delicacy of our world and our determination to respect it.
Reprinted from Province Express, a newsletter of the Australian Jesuits.