Take 2

with Jerry & Debbie

Are You a “Green” Catholic?



Read the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (Praise be to You) by Pope Francis – http://www.ewtn.com/library/ENCYC/f1LaudatoSi.HTM

Do not miss our discussion on Thursday, when we talk about the new “eco-encyclical” by Pope Francis. We’ll delve into his document, and, of course, we’ll entertain your takes on the whole subject of the environment and how we are to be good stewards of God’s creation. Hope you’ll join us and call in!

Green Catholic

A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

8 thoughts on “Are You a “Green” Catholic?

  1. I am a very green catholic , just last night had a discussion with my parish priest about Catholic cemeteries, and green burials. I am thrilled to read the Holy Father’s prayers, hopefully this will bring attention to the relevance and importance of opening catholic cemeteries and the funeral rite up to green burials. (non-embalmed, covered with a shroud, returned to the earth).


    • Thanks for your comments, Patricia. And thanks for being a listener to “Take 2 With Jerry and Debbie!”



      • Wow Patricia…this is an interesting topic…we need to do a show on this….thanks for your comments!


    • I told my wife that if I go first, I’m fine with just a simple pine box. Maybe I should just go with this. It doesn’t seem theologically inappropriate. Sounds just like the burials of old.


  2. This is not about the encyclical, but rather about the South Carolina shooting. I just heard your broadcast, and am outraged at your out-of-touch-with-reality perspective on the subject. Dylann Roof, the young man who committed this sinful act is not a victim, as you suggested. There were 9 victims, one of whom was a father. I can’t imagine what those kids are going through right now! And no, he was not a “baby”. He was a 21-year-old man. God gives us all free will. That’s the way it has been from the beginning of time. We have the choice of whether to use that free will for good or for evil, and Mr. Roof chose his for evil. People involved in drugs are not victims. They choose, again, of their own free will, to poison their bodies with harmful substances. God has no tolerance for murder or racism/prejudice. Sacred Scripture talks about these issues. So there was no tenth victim and he was not a baby. He was a grown man, who knew what he was doing, knew right from wrong, and used his God-given free will for evil. My only prayer for this young man is that God have mercy on his soul, but that’s up to God, not any of us!!


  3. I just noticed is your name Patricia or Patirica? Just making sure…;-)


  4. Christopher,

    Thanks for your very passionate comments about today’s show. I’m just not sure you heard everything Debbie and I said about the situation. We made abundantly clear everything you said: there were nine innocent victims who were murdered in a “senseless” act of violence (the very word I used to describe it on the air); one of the victims was the pastor and the father of two young children; all of the survivors and their families are surely going through a living hell right now; and so on. All of this came out loudly and clearly on the show today.

    In my humble estimation, there are some realities about sin and human nature that we must bear in mind. First, how do you know that Dylann Roof was a “grown man?” Yes, he is 21 years old. Does that make someone a “grown up?” I see people every day who are over the age of 18, and yet exhibit every indication that they are not “grown up.” Mature, responsible, “grown men” don’t do what this young man did. He is clearly dealing with emotional and psychological immaturity that only God and, perhaps – perhaps – a highly-trained professional could determine.

    But, more to the point of whether or not Dylann is a victim, only ignorance of the nature of sin could lead one to say that he isn’t. Sinful actions don’t just have effects on those who are sinned against. The Church is unequivocal in her teaching that the sinner, too, suffers wounds from his or her actions. Otherwise, why would we go to Confession? Why would we have any need to fear going to Hell because of our sins? Sin is said to “darken the intellect and weaken the will.” Those sound a lot like injuries suffered by one who sins to me. And, depending on the gravity of our sinful choices (deferring to your correct assessment that ours sins are, ultimately, choices we make), we can incur far worse injuries than those.

    In the end, I repeat what I said on the air: the greatest “victim” in all of this is Dylann. Ten people were involved in this incident. Well, many more than that, but ten directly. Nine “innocent” people were killed. We mourn for them. We pray for them. It was an unspeakable act of cowardice. They are victims. One person in all of this is guilty. He brought tremendous harm to himself through his actions. Much like the Church views suicide as a sin against the commandment to not kill (murder), because it is the self-inflicted taking of a human life, one who takes the innocent lives of others surely incurs the same wounds within himself, if not worse.

    I’m sure we are united in our prayers for everyone involved in this terrible tragedy.

    God bless you.

    Jerry Usher

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  5. Well said Jerry! Christopher please don’t be outraged…that is such a harsh term…My heart has been heavy all morning for the murdered victims of this tragedy….I cannot imagine what this Pastor’s family is going through…but I will share with you that my feeling comes out of living a family personal tragedy of my own…My brother in law was brutally shot to death in 2009. It was a tragic, senseless murder…all while my brother in law was just minding his business doing his job… The man who shot and killed him is serving his time in prison and it took a lot for us to forgive him so that we all could be free of it…My brother in law God-willing is in heaven enjoying God and this man in prison, who happens to be Catholic, is suffering each day, I know his spirit is heavily burdened knowing he killed a beautiful man in my brother in law Doug…plus he destroyed a family too, ours and his…So please rest assured, my heart and prayers are with the victims and their families…I just want us to wake up and help our troubled youth before more tragic things happen…BTW you can read my brother in law’s story by entering a search…Doug Georgianni, photo radar employee murdered.




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