Celebrating Earth Day 2021

Dear Faithful Blog Followers:

This is the last post to this blog. WordPress changed its formatting. I find it cumbersome and difficult to use, and I can’t seem to get the posts to look the way I want them to look. I have little time or interest in learning the new system.

I am grateful for your support for the past five years. I hope that we can find alternate ways to connect in the future.


April Sunrise (2021)

April 22 is Earth Day. This year, I will be celebrating virtually with twenty undergraduates of a Catholic college in Massachusetts. We are coming to the end of a semester in which we focused on ecological justice, specifically climate change, water scarcity, and food insecurity. Yesterday, I asked my students how they planned to celebrate Earth Day. After this “unusual” year, most plan to be outdoors in activities they “used to enjoy”: a nice walk, taking the dog to the park to enjoy the fresh air, planting flowers, doing without a car for the day, working out outside instead of at the gym, and riding a bike. One student will join a campus group who will clean up trash in the town where the college is located.

Rocky Creek Farm, Montana (2014)

Tend the Ground by Curtis Stephan, 2020, official video can be found at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7k3WWKSPgM

Curtis Stephan was inspired to compose this thoughtful ballad after reading Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’. Promoting care for the Earth and all its creatures, “Tend the Ground” offers a timely message: by taking care of one another, we give glory to God.

We till the earth

we tend the ground

Sowing hope and peace

where none is found.

In selfless love

God’s life abounds

We till the earth,

we tend the ground.

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