“If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.”
Laudato si’: On care for our common home by Pope Francis
To celebrate the annual Season of Creation, the Notre Dame of Marbel University held the Blessing of Pets on October 3, 2019, at the University Gymnasium after the Eucharistic celebration for the NDMU 73rd Foundation Anniversary.
With the beloved pets of the NDMU community gathered together, the blessing ceremony is a prayer for a better quality of life and ecological balance in the earth.
In the homily of Fr. Ariel Destora, the university chaplain, he brought attention to environmental protection as the mission of the Catholic Church.
Invoking the second encyclical of Pope Francis titled Laudato si (Praise be with you), Fr. Destora invited everyone to join the engagement in seeking environmental justice and humanity’s proactive response to climate change.
The chaplain espoused Pope Francis’s stance that the scientific findings on the earth’s dire situation must not be glossed over.
With this, NDMU as the Green University and as a Catholic institution must address throwaway culture, ecological crisis, global warming, and disaster risk management, among others.
Fr. Destora maintained that caring for the Earth is caring for the poor, and appreciating the environment is appreciating the Lord.
In the Christian tradition, the Season of Creation is an annual commemoration starting from the Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1 through the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4.
St. Francis of Assisi is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment.