Bishop Groef adds that “even in the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, the Creator of all things and human beings mandated us: ‘to cultivate and take care of the Garden of Eden.’”
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience,” the member of the Missionaries of Africa adds in reference to Laudato Si’.
In the pastoral letter titled Season of Creation, Bishop Groef calls on humanity to act against the ecological challenges.
The 2021 celebration of the ecumenical event is to be guided by the theme, “A Home For All? Renewing the Oikos of God.”
The Local Ordinary of Bethlehem Diocese says that the theme, which has been chosen for the celebration of the September 1 to October 4 Season of Creation expresses well the need to “pay and take action for our common home.”
In the message, The Native of Belgium further says, “We must find ways in which Dioceses, Parishes, blocs, youth groups, sodalities and families can be actively involved in assuming shared responsibility for our common home and the common good.”
Aware of the fact that people may want to leave the discussion of climate change to governments and organizations, Bishop Groef says, “The little we do, even on a local level, is important and can cause a chain reaction like throwing a pebble in a pool.”
“Let’s start with keeping our environment clean. Let’s be careful with the use of water and electricity,” the Bishop says, and calls on the people of God to make use of the material that will be availed by the members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) to guide the celebration of the Season of Creation.
The Catholic Bishop invites the people to pray the Prayer for Our Environment from Laudato Si’.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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