A View Of Home From The Moon

Sr. Janet holding up a globe.

Sr. Janet Fraser, CSJ, joined us at Faith Connections Theology on Tap on July 11, 2007.  She shared with us a quotes from Astronauts.  One in particular helped put into perspective for me the importance of caring for our earth.  I wanted to share it with all of you:

 "From the moon, Earth is so small and so fragile, and such a precious little spot in that universe, that you can block it out with you thumb.  Then you realize that on that spot, that little blue and white thing, is everything that means anything to you - all of history and music and poetry and art and death and birth and love, tears, joy, games, all of it right there on that little spot that you can cover with your thumb.  And you realize from that perspective, that you've changed forever, that there is something new there, that the relationship is no longer what it was." - Rusty Schweickart (Astronaut)

Sr. Janet's talk helped me understand that caring for the environment is not a responsibility/guilt that I should be burdened by. The view of the earth from the moon is a recognition of oneness, of hope, of home.  I lament the damage that has been done to the wounded earth but I rejoice in its beauty and the hope for the future.  I am an intricate part of creation and together with all of creation I participate in the joys and sorrows of our earth.  

Have a wonderful day!

Vanessa Nicholas, Faith Connections Coordinator