As we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of our Mother Mary on December 8, let us remember that she “is Mother and Queen of all creation” (LS 241). Our devotion to Mary should also be a reminder of our call to care for creation because our Lord Jesus Christ “united himself to this earth when he was formed in the womb of Mary” (LS 238).
Although ecology may seem like a far away concept to us as we seek to live Advent with spiritual depth, Saint Paul VI reminds us that “the ecology of our civilization must not be ashamed nor forget that it is Christian” (Angelus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 1972).
We are all called by God to “till and keep” the garden of Creation (cf. Gn 2:15), and Mary was the first guardian of creation.
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During the second week of Advent, we are called to be stewards of Creation and responsible for working here and now toward that promise of justice, to bear “fruit worthy of conversion” (Mt 3:8) by recognizing how much we have failed to protect and care for this earth.