Christ’s hope revealed in the success of the Lenten Fast for Climate Justice
April 5, 2015 – Today we rejoice in the glory of our risen Lord.
As we look back on the days leading up to Easter we can now see the signs of hope that point to Christ’s resurrection.
During Lent over two thousand people from fifty-six countries committed to fast and pray together in our Lenten Fast for Climate Justice. We’ve prayed for the renewal of our relationship with creation and with our brothers and sisters in poverty who are already suffering the impacts of climate change, urging our political leaders to commit to ambitious climate action to solve this urgent crisis and keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degree Celsius.
People gathered in vigil in front of the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. For a day, students in Honduras fasted from using their cell phones. Others joined in prayer in Manila, Dublin, Sydney, Seoul, New York, Dublin, and numerous other places around the globe.
Below are a few of the voices and images from the fast. May they serve as a reminder of the Holy Spirit’s action working in our world. And may they also serve to inspire us, the body of Christ in our commitment to a renewed relationship with Creation.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the fast! God bless you all!
“I fasted because I am interested in the good of our lovely earth that God was so trustful to give us to care and protect“. Sr. Celestina Nnadi Ethiopia
“I do it with all the heartfelt desire to participate in building the new world, the kingdom of God among us.” Sister. Sandra Price, SNDdeN Nicaragua
“As we await the much anticipated Environmental Encyclical, may we take this opportunity to celebrate all the ways we commit ourselves to caring for the wounded and exploited Earth and to call to mind how we can deepen this same commitment to care and respect for all of Creation.” Message from the General Council of the Missionary Society of St. Columban affirming their commitment to the fast to its international community in 13 countries.
“I join the fasting “Catholic Climate Movement” because I believe that life and all that the Creator has given us for our happiness are valuable gifts that we must take great care.” Montreal, Canada
“I fast for climate justice to show my solidarity with the victims of natural disasters around the world, especially in our country that took place in February 2014 at the north of the capital.” Carmen Gloria Mizero, Burundi
“We have to be good stewards of God’s creation. All of us are responsible for the climate change. I myself love all the creatures of God, respect for the harmony of the universe and like to listen to the secret Melody of the World”. Paul Bui Van Doc Archbishop Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“I am fasting for all those who cannot speak for themselves“. Deanna, US
“I am fasting because I want my great, great grand nephews and nieces to enjoy our earth and its gifts. I believe that each step we take makes a difference.” Sister Diane Smith, CSJ, US