Holy Thursday

I’m so glad I started this blog today.  The first reading was about the Passover, and I thought of the Jewish people coming out of Egypt, having to wander through the desert, then coming to the promised land where they could practice their faith in a more pure form without the seductions of wealth and other religions & ideologies mixing in.

Likewise by establishing this blog, I am coming away from the false religions being propounded by some Catholics and anti-environmentalists about environmentalism (which I’ll be discussing later), away from their entrapment in this world’s allurements, ideologies, and fears.  I am standing apart, but solidly with the Church & with God.

God has provided us bounty, plentiful food and resources for a materially good life.  That is quite enough for the animals.  But we people want more.  Let’s be very honest, we want EVERYTHING.  Anything less leaves us in unrest and a foul mood.

So on this precious night God granted this most fervent of our desires.  He gave us EVERYTHING, HIMSELF.  St. John of the Cross helps us to realize this vast desire of ours.  If you desire everything, seek nothing.  Nada, nada, nada.  A merchant finds a precious pearl, and he sells everything he has to possess it.

That is what we need to do to save the environment and find true peace and happiness in this life and in the hereafter.  Give our entire lives to God, and let him show us the way, what He wants.

When you really really love someone, someone who has really really loved you & has given his entire self to you, whatever you do for your Beloved, you do it gladly and do not count it as sacrifice.  Indeed, it is a great joy to serve the Beloved, who continually serves you, and mingling together, these services become “co-service” or conservation, service to all.

Maybe that’s what this night means, and what real Catholic environmentalism means.


4 Responses to “Holy Thursday”

  1. Hugh Laue Says:

    Hi Lynn, That’s a fun April Fool’s post on the RC (not Roman Catholic :)) site isn’t it.
    I like your approach to your Catholicism. You might want to check out how Buddhists are responding to the climate change emergency at http://www.ecobuddhism.org . You will see a book on it was published last year. Climate change is seen as the symptom of which ego desire is the cause. This may interest you – a declaration of rights for mother earth. Check it out before you start thinking it’s some sort of pagan regressionism http://www.legalbrief.co.za/filemgmt/visit.php?lid=2611
    Best wishes for your blog.

    • lynnvinc Says:

      Thanks. Just started reading the “rights for mother earth,” which I’ve filed under “environmental justice” for my course, since it seems to relate to “wild law” or the “rights of nature,” or “Do trees have standing?” 🙂 There is actually a S. American country that has instituted such rights…..

      My thinking is that all religious traditions, along the the atheists and religious-disaffected, are quite welcome to mitigating environmental problems, such as climate change. I’ll be addressing the red herring strawman of environmentalism=neopaganism soon.

  2. Philip Machanick Says:

    On the other side you may want to review the opinions of the leader of the opposition in Australia, Tony Abbott, also a Catholic, who has impolite things to say about climate science, (e.g. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/the-town-that-turned-up-the-temperature/story-e6frgczf-1225809567009 a view he has not recanted) and conservative Catholic columnist Christopher Pearson at The Australian who embarassingly quoted the Pope on views he’d never expressed (for which he apologised http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/mings-bloated-legacy/story-e6frg7ko-1111115350500 a rare event for him; I’ve never seen him apologise for talking drivel about anything else but then again, if he did that, he’d not have much else to say but apologies).

    • lynnvinc Says:

      Hi Philip. For some reason you post ended up in “spam,” but I retrieved is just now. Thanks for the links. This is precisely why I have started this blog, to counteract anti-environmentalist strains within Catholicism. I’m starting off slowly by providing some background, because I think a lot of anti-environmentalism comes from people’s misunderstandings about the environment, and not all from the devil, as it seems on first blush :). However, I will soon be addressing specific anti-environmentalist writings by Catholics, with my earlier writings as references to draw upon.

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