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  • Writer's pictureDavid Carlson

914: ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?

Day 914: Friday, September 16, 2022

“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”

― Rachel Carson

(William and Sean looking at their first snowfall)

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years … the alienation from the sources of our strength.” ― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM The Franciscan Action Network

Confronting Environmental Racism

DescriptionFrom plastics to cosmetics, fashion, fertilizer, and more, petrochemicals are everywhere in our daily lives, seeping into our air, water, soil, food, and bloodstreams. As the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy proceeds, many corporations are trying to ramp up petrochemical and plastic production to stay in business. While all Americans are affected, some communities are affected much more than others. As Franciscans, we are called to stand with our sisters and brothers who have been most directly affected. The oil, gas and petrochemical industry have long placed their facilities in areas inhabited by Black, Brown, Indigenous, or poor communities deemed “sacrifice zones.” It’s time for us to stand with communities on the frontlines of this environmental racism.

Franciscan Action Network and the Franciscan Federation are pleased to present a 4-part webinar series on Confronting Environmental Racism. Please join us for one or more: September 8 = The tragedy of Houston October 13 = Louisiana November 10 = West Virginia December 8 = Discussion with Climate Advocates

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