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Care of the Earth

In an English City Garden

2016 7hackney garden thumbSt Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, has a beautiful wild garden for the third year running.  And next door in the courtyard of St Joseph’s convent  Sr Geraldine and community are getting back to the wild also and are nurturing some vegetable patches in which they are growing beetroot, beans, rhubarb and tomatoes, to name a few.


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Laudato Si Eco-Village @ World Youth Day

2016-7gccmMillions of Catholic youth will be gathered in Krakow, Poland in late July to be with Pope Francis as part of World Youth Day. As we think about climate change we know that it is the youth and future generations who will be most affected. This is why we are witnessing youth around the globe who are working hard to live out their faith by caring for creation.

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A Prayer

care-of-the-earth-02-0616All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.  
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si)

Plant More Trees

We all know why we need more trees on this planet. They give us oxygen, fruits, timber, prevent soil erosion, control floods, provide shelter to wildlife. Massive scale deforestation in last couple of decades has reduced forest area by a significant percentage.