Our Common Home

Tree Swallows, Snowy Egrets and Yellow-rumped Warblers are now flying again, in our neck of the woods, as we celebrate Earth Day – but our celebration is tempered by the realistic view of the work that is needed to restore the “irretrievable beauty” of our common home.

“A sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly.”

“We seem to think that we can substitue an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have created ourselves.” – Pope Francis, Laudato Si