The scripture readings for this Sunday are permeated by the great theme of hope. The first reading of Isaiah is full of enthusiasm and throws a powerful light on the dramatic events of the exile in Babylon, a time of very hard trial that comes to an end with the “return”, phases on the path of rebirth.
We join in prayer for today’s consistory, November 28, 2020, in which thirteen new cardinals will be appointed. In particular, a special prayer for three of them, who in various ways are connected to the life of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
Ariana Diaz Acuña, Costa Rica theologian, on connecting the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor
Three years before Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’, Ariana Díaz Acuña of Costa Rica was connecting the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor in South America. She was in Peru, working with Indigenous Peoples, and at Mass, she kept hearing people praying for water.
This was an ongoing theme for this year’s Season of Creation, that caring for nature is caring for human life. Let us all remember that our own impact on our common home should be thought of as an act of love, doing no evil, hence, it “is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10)
We are a people of hope, and we carry this hope in our hearts wherever we go into the world. Let this hope strengthen our resolve to fight the causes of destruction and death.