Some bright ideas for Earth Day

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Sometimes I think I'm a bad daughter-I'm often too busy to think much about my mother and I'm certainly too busy to call home more than a couple of times a month. But I suppose my own mother is lucky for getting a call every couple of weeks.

Mother Earth may only hear from her kids once a year on Earth Day, celebrated throughout much of the world on April 22. On this day we broaden the interpretation of the 4th Commandment to "Honor your father and mother" and remember the earthy mater who cradles all creation in her arms.


Some bright ideas for Earth Day

By Sarah Sharp| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Sometimes I think I'm a bad daughter-I'm often too busy to think much about my mother and I'm certainly too busy to call home more than a couple of times a month. But I suppose my own mother is lucky for getting a call every couple of weeks.

Mother Earth may only hear from her kids once a year on Earth Day, celebrated throughout much of the world on April 22. On this day we broaden the interpretation of the 4th Commandment to "Honor your father and mother" and remember the earthy mater who cradles all creation in her arms.


The Canticle of the Sun

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In honor of Earth Day, let’s hear from one of the great saints of our church about the wonders of creation. Be sure to share this prayer with your children. 

By St. Francis of Assisi

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing. To you, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.


41 bright ideas for going green

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The earth is warming and we are responsible. This is the undeniable conclusion reached by 2,000 scientists and policy experts contributing to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the winners of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore.


41 bright ideas for going green

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The earth is warming and we are responsible. This is the undeniable conclusion reached by 2,000 scientists and policy experts contributing to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the winners of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore.


Special Section: The environment

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Climate change, nonrenewable resources, mountain top removal. When it comes to the environment, the earth is getting the short end of the stick. As Earth Day approaches this April, our home planet can be a ball of confusion. What should we do? What shouldn't we do? Here are some ideas and resources to help you sort it all out—and recycle it!


Now that's a cold war!

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Let’s melt these nationalists’ cold, cold hearts and build an Arctic circle of cooperation.

Not-so-special delivery

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Sometimes the toxic waste is not just in babies' diapers.

The samples reviewed by the researchers at the Washington based Environmental Working Group contained on average more than 200 contaminants. Among them mercury, gasoline, waste by-products from coal and garbage burning, toxic traces of eight petroleum-based chemicals, carcinogenic residue from dozens of widely used flame retardants, pesticides, and much more.


My greatest hope

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Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B. on the church in the world
People all over this globe, with all their racial and cultural differences, have to learn to live together in peace and work for the common good of all. My hope would be that the church would show by example how people of different cultures and races can respect one an-other's legitimate differences and live as a creative global organism.


Appalachian activist honored with peace award

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You know Father John Rausch is committed to social justice when even his answering machine message ends with, "God bless, and let's continue to work for justice."

Rausch, a Glenmary priest, outspoken defender of the environment, and advocate for the poor in Appalachia, is being honored for his social justice work with the 2007 Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Christi, the national Catholic peace organization.


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