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Compassion & Community

"An essential element of caretaking is compassion. To be cared for by God and to care for God’s creation entail showing compassion for every living being and for every living thing. A compassionate heart, writes a seventh-century mystic, St. Isaac the Syrian:  "Burns with love for the whole of creation – for human beings, for birds and beasts, for all of God’s creatures."

"So we need to be compassionate, which is to say full of passion and full of concern for every detail of God’s creation. If we remain indifferent to humanity’s injustice against the earth and its resources, if we are not involved in the correction of the abuse we cause to our planet, then we do not properly reflect God’s care and concern for us and the whole world.

"Moreover, receiving care obliges us to provide care. Caretaking is a circle: of what we have received, we are called to give. We cannot hope to be nurtured for by the environment if we do not in turn nurture this environment in an intimate way.

"Therefore, in addition to the element of compassion, we must recognize the importance of community. Far too long have we limited our understanding of community, reducing it to include only human beings. It is time that we extend this notion also to include the living environment, to animals and to trees, to birds and to fishes. Embracing in compassion all people as well as all of animal and inanimate creation brings good news and fervent hope to the whole world.

"This sense of community obliges us to stand for and support the most vulnerable aspects of creation, those parts of the world that have no human voice and whose rights can easily be trampled."

- Bartholomew
Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome & Ecumenical Patriarch.

Condensed from his address to the Caretakers of the Environment International Conference, 30 June 2004.


Photograph: Sitting along the Stour River on a peaceful Sunday afternoon by David Anderson (United Kingdom).  Freshwater stream communities are currently some of the most threatened ecosystems on our planet.

 

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