Hospitality to Earth
As ecological citizens, we protect our environment and pledge to use Earth's resources in responsible ways.
In Genesis, God tells humans to “Subdue the earth.” This verb sounds like domination, except when one returns to the original Hebrew and to God’s word elsewhere about that verb. Using those references, we learn that God wants those with dominion to protect, to care for and to draw the best from.
Thus our hospitality to Earth requires that, in collaboration with others, we take every measure to ensure that the earth will continue to flourish, to be safe under our protection and to produce only good for the rest of creation. In the spirit of St. Francis, we think of “Sister Earth” as truly our home which protects us and thus deserves our respect.