Caring for God’s Creation

A livestream discussion on ‘Caring for God’s Creation’ featuring Fr Stanley Antoni, Magdalene Chiang, Charlotte Charles, and Gregory Dominic took place recently on the Acts of the Youth, Our Lady of Lourdes (OTY OLOL) YouTube channel. It began with some spiritual music which contained lyrics of positivity and joy.

Oct 08, 2021

The panel of speakers of the Care for God’s Creation episode.


By Jeffrey Jobs
A livestream discussion on ‘Caring for God’s Creation’ featuring Fr Stanley Antoni, Magdalene Chiang, Charlotte Charles, and Gregory Dominic took place recently on the Acts of the Youth, Our Lady of Lourdes (OTY OLOL) YouTube channel. It began with some spiritual music which contained lyrics of positivity and joy. The host Gregory then introduced the guests - Magdalene, a retired corporate worker who is the coordinator for the Penang Diocese Creation Justice Commission and Charlotte Charles a Sabahan student who also works part-time.

The session began by addressing businesses’ connection with God’s creation. Magdalene spoke about how businesses affect nature’s ecology, stating her fervent opinion that plastics should not litter the oceans. She also indicated that plastics could end up in our bodies, because they can break down into micro plastics, which are consumed by fish. She ended by stressing that everything is connected, showing that our litter eventually comes back to us. Such a phrase can be mentioned through the words “integral ecology”.

Charlotte who spoke on how humans and the environment depend largely on each other said that we must care for nature if we want nature to care for us. A simple example is the fact that, without trees, humans wouldn’t exist, since we need oxygen. Quoting Pope Francis who said that nature is “the most maltreated of our poor”, Charlotte highlighted that the degradation of nature affects the poor the most, leading to “the poor becoming poorer, and the rich becoming richer”. Fr Stanley drew parallels to some of the parables in the Bible. We see that creation doesn’t happen by chance, and that creation is something to be valued if it was orchestrated by a loving God.

Fr Stanley also stressed that humans should not be selfish towards others in achieving their goals but, instead, should care for the wider world, as otherwise they are essentially hurting the very thing supporting existence. He also revealed that nature is key to understanding God better, it is in fact, the image of God’s love and perfection, as outlined in several sections of the Bible. One must consider the fact that humans are at the top of the environment’s system, entrusted by God to us since the time of creation, as said in Genesis - God created animals to help man. Therefore, it is an obligation for humans to protect nature, as aptly put by Fr Stanley quoting a Spiderman movie: “With great power comes great responsibility”.

Towards the end of the session, the four speakers addressed climate change and the issues of global warming. This time, however, they addressed a rather practical aspect highlighting the importance of mind-set, and that we should respect the right of creatures to exist, and treat them as we treat ourselves, shifting from the brutal paradigm of viewing the environment as useless objects. Fr Stanley believes that with a drastic shift of paradigm, humans will be more open and therefore have the right heart and mind, rather than a large mind and small heart. One should always recall the name “Mother Earth” when referring to the environment, and actually care for the environment as one would care for one’s mother. This could range from cleaning your room to recycling your trash.

During the question-and-answer session, each member took turns to answer questions. The half-hour session ended with a prayer and featured other videos as well.

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