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What the Catholic Church is Saying about Water

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Make Justice and Peace Flourish

Let us be renewed by God’s mercy … and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish. (3/31/13) 
– Pope Francis 

The book of Genesis tells us that God created man and woman entrusting them with the task of filling the earth and subduing it, which does not mean exploiting it, but nurturing and protecting it, caring for it through their work. (5/1/13)
– Pope Francis

The World Water Crisis is an Ethical Issue for People of Faith

“Attention also needs to be paid to the world-wide problem of water and to the global water cycle system, which is of prime importance for life on earth… The ecological problem must be dealt with not only because of the chilling prospects of environmental degradation on the horizon; the real motivation must be the quest for authentic world-wide solidarity inspired by the values of charity, justice and the common good.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, 2010

Over-Consuming Water Impairs the Well-Being of Society 

“The hoarding of resources, especially water, can generate serious conflicts among the peoples involved. Peaceful agreement about the use of resources can protect nature and, at the same time, the well-being of the societies concerned.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas In Veritate, 2009

Dangers of Privatizing Water by Corporations

“By its very nature water cannot be treated as just another commodity among many, and it must be used rationally and in solidarity with others.... The right to water, as all human rights, finds its basis in human dignity and not in any kind of merely quantitative assessment that considers water as a merely economic good.”
– Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, #484

Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.


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