Eternal Life – A Shared Experience of Awe

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 6

“Eternal Life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give to those poor men and women who will have been liberated once and for all.”  Pope Francis – Laudato Si 243

The final chapter of “Caring for our Common Home” calls us to spiritual renewal.  We are living in a world where our common destiny, our common future depends on us working together to seek a new beginning.  We have the opportunity to awaken a new reverence for life.  As we let go of things and consumerism, our hearts can then be filled with the love of God and the joyful celebration of life.  It is difficult to recognize our errors, faults, sins and failures but it is through repentance that change will occur.  As we let go of our dependence on things, this will free us to allow God to enter in and fill us with His love.  This is the time to come together as one and take charge of our earth, our common home.  We need to think about our relationships with one another, will all living creatures and with all of creation.  Every action of love toward one another and our world can motivate us to a life of fulfillment that is tempered by moderation and the ability to be happy with one another and without all of the “things” we think we “need” to by happy.  By developing loving relationships, we can save our home and present a better world to our children.  As we come to the final week of Lent, thank you for working to live a responsible Lent.  Now I challenge you to take it one step further and Live a Responsible Life – Caring for our Common Home.

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