April 08, 2008

Gaia Day in God's House

Earth Day is approaching. It is April 22nd which, this year, is a Tuesday. Why bother mentioning this on the blog of a Catholic crank? What’s there to rant about? No rant today. I’m pensive and reflective (Father Andrew, that DM Chaplet is still working!)

It is important that we, as Christians, are stewards of the land that God gave us. We should treat it with respect. We should strive to keep it clean and safe and only use as much as we need from it. Don’t be greedy!

The Church encourages respect for God's creation. Recently, many Christian denominations have united around environmental concerns.

These are not bad things and I’m all for it.

However, I’m NOT for it at the expense of Holy Mass or doctrinal teachings. I don’t think the Earth is as important of an issue as human life. Frankly, I’d rather see the Earth blow up due to some nuclear waste disaster, than continue to allow abortion on demand. I’d trade our water supply if it meant, in exchange, that all Catholics everywhere approached the Eucharist with the reverence and solemnity it deserves.

I know my last paragraph is setting teeth on edge across town.

Because April 22nd is a weekday (and not every parish bothers with daily Mass), some parishes are going to transfer their Earth Day “celebration” to Sunday April 20th (5th Sunday of Easter). Some parishes replace the designated Mass readings and proper celebration of Holy Mass with an Earth slide show, bombastic music, the Creation Narrative from the beginning of Genesis (Great! But, it’s not on the Scripture schedule for the day.), and quotes from Al Gore (patron saint of the environment-doncha know!?) Worship of God, becomes worship of Gaia. If you want to talk manners, how rude is it to worship something else in God's house?

I’m not making any of this up. I’ve been to more than one of these “masses” in my dissident era.

You’d probably guess that parishes that do this can barely manage to properly celebrate the Mass as they should anyway-you’d be right.

I’m sad that it’s still the Easter season and the Gospel readings from John 14 for that week are, er, pretty important in understanding who Jesus really is. Some of our brothers and sisters won’t hear them much less have Father explain them. I’m sad because I know that people in these parishes can probably barely, if at all, explain who Jesus is based upon Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium. But, they can tell you how much our society produces in trash each year.

It’s great to rattle off a statistic like how much water the average person drinks each day but how much does the same person know of the “living water that never ends”?


Blogger Angela M. said...

Great post but the last paragraph is the clincher!!!!

April 09, 2008 10:26 AM  
Blogger Fr. Andrew said...

True stewardship is always rooted in Trinitarian intimacy through the Sacraments. I pray Al Gore might understand that.

A soft heart from the Lord can still be salty! "You are the salt of the earth!" Season us well with that soft heart.

April 09, 2008 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post..

April 09, 2008 1:49 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

I have this deja vu feeling; didn't we go through this whole thing in the '70's? Got to work on my attitude. I think energy conservation and alternative energy research are important. But I have a hard time giving a darn about some of the crunchy busywork we are exhorted to do.

April 09, 2008 8:32 PM  
Blogger Bobby said...


"Earth Day" is the celebration of the birthday of Soviet guru Vladimire Ilych Lenin, whose philosophies are engrained into modern liberalism, with the idea that private property be eliminated, the government in control of everything, and everything belongs to the feds. It is clear the celebration was designed to celebrate the Soviet leader's philosophy.

April 11, 2008 1:49 PM  

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