One year, to observe Earth Day, I decided not to consume resources such as water, electricity, gasoline, disposable items – you get the idea (sort of a one day Lent). I did allot myself three gallons of water. Very quickly my day deteriorated as I was unable to make coffee in my electric coffee maker. So I walked two miles to Starbucks and bought a coffee in a disposable cup, oops! On returning home, my bucket bath with cold water was totally unpleasant. As the day wore on so did the batteries of my computer and phone.
Suddenly, I had an “ahh ha moment”! What if I lived in one of the poor barrios of Guaymas and NEVER had electricity for lights or for refrigeration for food, or running water or NEVER had hot water, NEVER had a shower. Then my thoughts became very personal. What would it be like to not be able to afford hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap. What if I did not have garbage pick-up or anyplace to take my refuse?
My day changed to one of utter gratitude for my many, many blessings. I looked at my poor brothers and sisters with greater love and respect for their endurance. Now my Earth Day observances always include remembering those who are not sharing in Mother Earth’s abundance as we are. Please join me in offering a prayer and a donation to the Casa Franciscana Mission for them. There are many ways to care for creation this Earth Day.