The Future Depends on Us

St. Andre Bessette ParishWhen Prince Ea, a rapper and an environmental activist, was travelling to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he witnessed the destruction of forest and trees, and its devastating effects on animals. That inspired him to write a rap song entitled, “Dear Future Generations: Sorry.”

Here is an excerpt:

“I’m guessing you probably know what is the Amazon Desert, right? Well, believe it or not, it was once called the Amazon Forest, and there were billions of trees there…I am so sorry to tell you that we burned them down.

“I’m sorry we used nature as a credit card with no spending limit. Over drafting animals to extinction… sorry we poisoned the ocean so much that you can’t even swim in them. But most of all, I am sorry about our mindset because we had the nerve to call this destruction…progress.

“It is our only home, we must globally warm our hearts and change the climate of our souls and realize that we are not apart from nature, we are a part of nature. And to betray nature is to betray us, to save nature is to save us…if we don’t all work together to save the environment, we will be equally extinct.”

The reality is, the future generations will be affected by the actions we take today. I am sad to say that with our wasteful lifestyles, we truly are living beyond our means –exploiting nature, resources, and animals – this amounts to stealing from our future generations. What we need to do today is transform our mentality and our lives so that we can provide a better and a brighter future for our children. When we save our planet and our environment, we save our future.

In the book of Genesis when God asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He answered, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Yes! Of course we are. We have been entrusted with everything, to have dominion over the land and the sea, and all living things, and not domination and a right to exploitation for our selfish gain.
Prince Ea shared a wonderful story of a wise man who once said, “When the rivers are all dried up and the trees are cut down, man will, then, realize that he will not be able to eat money.”

Parish News
New and Updated First Communion Dates

St. Raphael School: Sun, May 31st at 3pm at St. Joseph the Worker Parish
St. Cecilia School (Ms. D’Arpino, Geer & Calautti): Sat, June 6 at 2:30pm at St. Joseph the Worker Parish
St. Cecilia School (Ms. D’Aoust, Tassone) & Other Schools: Sun, June 7 at 3pm at St. David Parish

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