The Little Way of Environmental Healing

We are faced with enormous environmental problems that kill people, and destroy property and wildlife.  Everyone needs to help solve these.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus teaches us the Little Way of Spiritual Childhood.  She felt she could not perform the big mortifications of the saints.  We also feel we cannot go back to a lifestyle without cars and modern conveniences.

St. Therese, though, was determined to become a saint.  She read, “Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it.”  Following this, St. Therese in childlike simplicity offered God all of her small deeds of ordinary life, and placed all her trust in God to help her scale the cliffs of perfection and avoid temptations.  This is the Little Way.  “Not everyone can fast, or wear hair shirts, or spend hours in prayer,” she used to say, “but everyone can love!”  One thing alone is needful:  all must be done for love of God.

What is needed to solve the big environmental problems is a life of many small deeds done out of love for God.  We need to offer many small prayers to help us understand the problems and find solutions, and then more prayers to carry out our actions in daily life.

We need faith that our small deeds will, with God’s grace, amount to more than a meaningless drop in the bucket, letting Jesus multiply our fish & loaves; Mother Teresa said our love makes our small deeds infinite.   We need hope that we will one day be rejoicing with God in heaven, so we need not be too concerned with worldly riches, comforts, and status.  We need the charity of joyfully sharing God’s bounty and beauty with others around the world and in the future by helping to save the Earth.

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