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Caring for the Environment 'O Lord, how manifold are your works. In your wisdom you have made them all.'

 

In today's media we are bombarded with reports and warnings about the fragile state of the planet. We have all become familiar with terms like, 'Global warming', 'carbon footprint' and 'energy efficiency'. We are rightly told to use less and re-use more as the very world that we enjoy is in danger.

 

So, do we, as Christians, have a duty to be 'Green'?

 

We all know that in the beginning God made the earth, the animals, the plants and man. He looked on His creation and saw that it was good. The Christian culture has always recognised that the creation that surrounds us is a gift from God. We have been given this gift to nurture and care for. So we must therefore thank the Creator for this precious gift and we do so by taking care of the things He has entrusted to us. The Church teaches us that we may avail of resources that our world gives but we must not use more than we need especially if our greed deprives others or inflicts irreversible damage. Man must not 'make arbitrary use of of the earth, subjecting it without restraint to his will, as though it did not have its own requisites and a prior God-given purpose, which man can indeed develop but must not betray'. We have a responsibility to leave the world in good condition for future generations. So how should the Christian treat the environment? We are bound by our faith to appreciate and care for all of the gifts God has given us. Human life is of course the most important gift we are given. We have been given every resource we need to survive and thrive in this world. Yet the unfair distribution of the world's bounty has left the majority of the people in poverty and hunger. In caring for human life we must use all God's gifts with responsibility and prudence. The saying 'To live simply, so that others may simply live' has never been more true than in our present times. What we use and what we waste affects the whole world and all who dwell on it. So with respect for the Creator and with love for our neighbour, we do, as Christians, have a duty to be green.



Addiction - the first step in recovery Learn from the past, plan for the future, live in the present. Dependence on alcohol, other drugs or gambling presents life threatening physical and mental health challenges for individuals, stress and relationship difficulties in families, financial problems for all concerned, educational issues for children and young people, deaths on the roads and crime on our streets.
An honest response to the following questions will confirm evidence of addiction.


1. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your use of alcohol, other drugs or the time and money spent gambling?

2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your dependence on alcohol, other drugs or the time and money spent gambling?

3. Have you ever felt guilty about your dependence on alcohol, other drugs or the time and money spent gambling?

4. Have you needed alcohol or other drug first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?


If you are concerned about your dependence on alcohol, drugs or gambling, staff at White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre, Derryvane, Muff, provide a confidential counselling service for individuals, couples or families. Contact 9384400. It has been said that a journey of 1000km begins with the first step, begin the journey into recovery today.

 

 

 

If you don't have a sense of humour, you probably don't have any sense at all!

 

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up,
because it's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.


 

 

 

Accord Carndonagh are looking for people to train as part of their Marriage Preparation Course team. Contact 074 9374103 or email: accordinishowen@eircom.net

 

 


 

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in Fahan or Burt, or in Grant's, Moness, Burt by Wednesday night.

 


 

Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Diocese of Derry

 

The review is available on the Diocesan website www.derrydiocese.org.

 

Copies of Monsignor Martin's response and relevant helplines are posted on the church noticeboards.

 

 

 

 

Scalp Mountain 2012 - Some images from this inspirational Sunday. CLICK HERE