Proper Toxin Disposal

Eco-inspiration: “Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning.” (Laudato Si, #205)

Eco-tip: While we are considering “trash tips,” let’s take a closer look at toxin disposal. Harsh toxic chemicals do not belong in landfills, and you can do your part by disposing of them properly. Do not throw things like batteries, paint, wood stain, motor oil and oven cleaner in the trash. Instead, call your local waste management division and ask for guidelines regarding the disposal of your household chemicals. An alternative to calling is to download and consult the app RecycleNation. In the future, seek out nontoxic product alternatives that require no special handling or disposal.

Eco-reflection / discussion / action: Today’s inspiration speaks of hope for us all! At the close of each day this week, gently sift through what happened each day. Take special note of the times in which you “rose above” your natural inclinations or desires. Take note of the times you “chose again what is good.” Take note of all the “new starts” you made. Give thanks for generously responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit!

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Season of Creation Daily Day 34: Come and see the works of God | National Catholic Reporter

Our final day! Happy Feat of St. Francis of Assisi! Celebrate!

Stop and ponder the photograph.

Come and see the works of God. 

— Psalm 66:5

 Praise be to you, my Lord, through all your creatures,

Laudato Si’, Mi Signore
especially through my Bro…
— Read on www.ncronline.org/news/environment/season-creation-daily-day-34-come-and-see-works-god

Season of Creation Daily Day 33: The world’s question to you | National Catholic Reporter

Tomorrow we conclude the 2019 Season of Creation. Think about this: at the end of the Season of Advent we have Christmas. At the end of the Season of Lent we have Easter. At the end of the Season of Creation we have the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi! Plan how you will celebrate tomorrow. Enjoy the beauty of nature. Eat a home cooked meal with veggies from your garden. Go to an orchard and pick your own or purchase apples and make candy-apples for a Friday night treat with your kids. Celebrate Eucharist or in an ecumenical prayer service with others as you pray for the grace and wisdom to protect our planet. Clean out the closets and reuse, repurpose or recycle the goods. Ideas abound. Do something to make the day special!

Take a moment to reflect on the photo.

I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…
And that is just the point… how the world, moist and beautiful, c…
— Read on www.ncronline.org/news/environment/season-creation-daily-day-33-worlds-question-you

Season of Creation Daily Day 32: Take the Laudato Si’ pledge | National Catholic Reporter

Today as we near the end of the Season of Creation (Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi), take the pledge to pray, to live simply and to be an advocate for creation!

Take a moment to ponder the photo.

The sparrow finds a home
and the swallow a nest to settle her young.

Blessed are those
who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you…
— Read on www.ncronline.org/news/environment/season-creation-daily-day-32-take-laudato-si-pledge

Season of Creation Daily Day 31: First glimpse of a butterfly | National Catholic Reporter

Be amazed today!

Take a moment to ponder the photograph.

Be amazed

Stay open to a sense of freshness, wonder, gratitude, and awe, instead of taking things for granted or getting numb from the pressure of work and l…
— Read on www.ncronline.org/news/environment/season-creation-daily-day-31-first-glimpse-butterfly

Season of Creation Daily Day 30: In touch with wonder and awe | National Catholic Reporter

Practice the spiritual gift of wonder and awe today!

Take a moment to ponder the photo.

The words “awe” and “wonder” are employed at least fourteen times in the pope’s encyclical. Echoing the teaching of Rabbi Heschel that without awe the universe bec…
— Read on www.ncronline.org/news/environment/season-creation-daily-day-30-touch-wonder-and-awe

Season of Creation Daily Day 29: Resting in the grace of the world | National Catholic Reporter

What are the wild things that bring you peace on this final Sunday in September?

Take a moment to reflect on the photo.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down w…
— Read on www.ncronline.org/news/environment/season-creation-daily-day-29-resting-grace-world