Thursday, September 1, 2016

Day for the Environment

Today the Orthodox Church remembers the environment. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is known to have an interest in the environment and ecology. Orthodoxy sees that humanity is responsible for the environment, since God made him in charge of it; care takers of the world (see Genesis). Therefore, we need to see the importance of our environment, our planet, where we live and where our children will live. We should not destroy what God gave us; we should protect it and maintain its beauty and well-being. In the words of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew:

Everything that lives and breathes is sacred and beautiful in the eyes of God. The whole world is a sacrament. The entire created cosmos is a burning bush of God’s uncreated energies. And humankind stands as a priest before the altar of creation, as microcosm and mediator. Such is the true nature of things; or, as an Orthodox hymn describes it, “the truth of things,” if only we have the eyes of faith to see it.  

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