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What the Catholic Church is Saying about Energy

The Rhythm and Logic of Creation

... this task entrusted to us by God the Creator requires us to grasp the rhythm and logic of creation. But we are often driven by pride of domination, of possessions, manipulation, of exploitation; we do not “care” for it, we do not respect it, we do not consider it as a free gift that we must care for. 
– Pope Francis, 2013

Vatican Solar Panels

In 2008, the roof of the papal audience auditorium was covered with 2,400 solar panels to produce energy for the Vatican, cutting carbon-dioxide emissions by the Vatican by about 225 tons. In April 2009, the Vatican announced that it will build the biggest solar plant in Europe, harnessing sunlight on a grand scale to help create renewable energy.

Protecting the Air We Breathe

“As people of religious faith, we …believe that the atmosphere that supports life on earth is a God-given gift, one we must respect and protect. It unites us as one human family. If we harm the atmosphere, we dishonor our Creator and the gift of creation.”
–– U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2001

A More Sober Lifestyle: Reduce Consumption and Improve Efficiency

“To be sure, among the basic problems which the international community has to address is that of energy resources.... Technologically advanced societies must be prepared to encourage more sober lifestyles, while reducing their energy consumption and improving its efficiency.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, 2010

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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