Continuing to Celebrate Earth Day

By Sr. Jeanette Gaudet, mfic

Rachel Carson 1907-1964,  American biologist, environmentalist and author. A nature lover since childhood, she is one of the pioneer environmentalists to create awareness against pesticides. She served as a lecturer at the University of Maryland and went on to join the U.S Bureau of Fisheries where she worked for the next 26 years. She published many books, the most notable one, her last, ‘Silent Spring.’ This is believed to be one of the finest scientific writings, as it aimed at creating environmental awareness amongst the masses. Quotes from this book follow.

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.

As crude a weapon as the cave man’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.

 In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.

 There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

“Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.”

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As we celebrate Earth Day in the midst of a beautiful springtime, take some time to pause, to breathe deeply, to feel the air, to gaze at the vistas, to enjoy the lavish colors, to give praise for the life that surrounds you.

With Jesus “Behold the lilies of the field and, the daffodils, tulips and hyacinth of the gardens, as well as the birds of the air, and the robins, chickadees and wood peckers, even the turkeys of the street.”  GIVE THANKS! And with a grateful heart take care of the gift of our Planet Earth.  Happy Spring Time.

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