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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

1 August 2018: Ann Saunders, Parishioner St Laurence Catholic Church

Water of Life

For those of us enjoying the fruits of retirement or some well-deserved time-off, recent weeks have been idyllic - warm sunny weather, swims at the Open-Air Pool and games of tennis at The Avenue. Like a glorious summer camp but with the advantage of sleeping in one’s own bed!

But there comes a price - a drought. We all thinking twice before using our hose for cleaning the car or watering the garden, but we should at all times be good custodians of this precious resource.

Our Justice and Peace Group has been exploring ways in which everyone can do their bit. They believe in ‘people power’ as an instrument of change. A concept known as “aggregation of marginal gains” generated success for the GB cycling team and we too can make a significant overall difference, if we all take a number of small individual actions. One example is the way in which our Diocese buys energy for all our parishes in a block, and exercises this considerable purchasing power with a green energy supplier.

The Group is introducing various themes such as Water Pollution and has asked parishioners to come up with suggestions for action for any of these themes. This will include prayers for specific causes, suggested issues on which to write to MPs, and practical actions that individuals, families or groups can take.

Thinking of a Save Water theme, I have a few of my own suggestions:

Pope Francis encouraged the International Community on World Water Day, ‘to be vigilant to ensure that the planet’s waters be adequately protected and that no one be excluded or discriminated against in this use of this resource. With St Francis of Assisi we say, ‘Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water. She is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.’

Amen to that.

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