4 September, Praying with Pope Francis: Respect for the Planet’s Resources.

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The Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders

Respect for the Planet’s Resources
We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner
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I typed in Pope Francis’s intention earlier in the year, little thinking how the world would have changed by September. It was noticeable how much cleaner the air was when there was far less traffic on the roads of Kent, and I expect you noticed something similar. Fresh air is one of the resources tat should be shared, not plundered for industry or personal travel.

But still, it’s September and we should be thinking of Harvest Festival and how

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord,
For all his love.

And yet, it’s a bit rich to proclaim our thanks unless we take account of the sinfulness that clings to our fingers when we buy non-fair trade chocolate or coffee, or indeed absolutely any mobile phone, with all the rare earths that go into them, possibly mined under conditions of near slavery and lack of safety in the workplace. And where our brothers and sisters are exploited, the planet will be also.

Watch the Pope’s Video for September 2020 here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ziryacd5vIw

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