Media Center Pick of the Week

An alliance of Catholic Development agencies calls on people of good will to take action for a sustainable and just world in a statement at the June 20th through June 22nd Rio+20 Conference (the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). Catholic Social Teaching invites us into reverent relationship with the natural world as God’s gift. In a practice of prudence, our Bishops urge us to reduce our carbon footprint.

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An alliance of Catholic Development agencies calls on people of good will to take action for a sustainable and just world in a statement at the June 20th through June 22nd Rio+20 Conference (the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). Catholic Social Teaching invites us into reverent relationship with the natural world as God’s gift. In a practice of prudence, our Bishops urge us to reduce our carbon footprint. In my attempts to follow this teaching, I have been parking my pick-up in a Lake Mary shopping plaza most mornings and riding an express bus to the Chancery. Among many spiritual benefits, including time to rest and pray, bus riding has been an exercise in humility. My vehicle is no longer available at my discretion. I am not in control. Instead, I have had to adapt to the bus schedule. Time and the bus wait on no man! This week, we feature “Kilowatt Ours.” This documentary presents practical perspectives on our national energy challenges. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie explores the consequences of fossil energy production such as mountain-top removal, childhood asthma and global climate change. We meet individuals, businesses and communities leading the way in conservation and efficiency. This 2008 DVD includes the 56 minute feature, two abbreviated versions and many practical tips. Pope Benedict invites the faithful to “draw strength from contemplating the splendour of the Creation.” The Holy Father especially implores parents to “teach your children to observe nature, to respect and protect it as a magnificent gift that makes us aware of the greatness of the Creator.” Most compelling for me, Pope Benedict reminds that “Jesus used the language of nature to explain the mysteries of the Kingdom to His disciples.” Order this title from the Media Resource Center @ click here, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)