This much I know. This I believe.
We have only one home, only one world. It is a new world. It is a new world because we have changed the world. But this new world is not an improved world. It is a world being wasted. Because it is a changed and wasted world, we are losing our only home, our only world.
We think of ourselves as Prometheans. We have pried the secrets of life from God. We bear the fire, and also the air, the earth, and the water. Yes, maybe we are Prometheans. We are chained to this rock. Our clever birds of prey eat at our vital organs. But we are not Prometheans all the way. We cannot recover from our self-inflicted wounds. Our imagined gods will not save us. Technology will not save us. We are creatures among creatures.
We have had too much change too fast and too little conservation too late. We needed to change the world less and restore the world more. Now we have no choice but to be changed or be lost. To be changed means to live within our means. It will take a lot of taking less and giving more. It is to control our desire to control the world. It is to conquer our conquering of nature. It is to act upon ourselves before we act upon others. It is even not to “act upon” at all. It is—heresy!—being neither a producer nor a consumer. It is to be simple. It is to be content.
This much I know. This I believe. Amen.
Bro. Anthony Zuba, OFM Cap., serves on the pastoral staff at the Parish of Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist.
Let Us Pray
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith,
certain hope and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out
Your holy and true command. Amen
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle;
the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding;
and the endurance to accept the consequences
of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good
to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see
and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence,
a new world where fear shall no longer lead human beings to commit injustice,
nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy
to the task of making peace,
praying always for the inspiration and the power
to fulfill the destiny for which we and your entire creation were created. Amen
Hail Mary …
Our Father …
Glory be …