We believe in God as a loving Creator. Countless saints and people of good will have lived their lives in harmony with God’s beautiful creation. In our age of ecological crisis, Pope Francis challenges each of us to hear the cry of the earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalized. He warns us that the human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together. This deterioration, he notes, weighs most heavily upon the poor and the vulnerable.
Today we invite you to listen to a story. Columban lay missionary Lani Tamatawale has worked as a lay missionary in the Philippines for over a decade. This past fall, she shared the struggles indigenous communities face when extractive industries exploit their homelands.