Tips for a Greener Lent: Consumerism
Updated: Mar 13, 2019
“Since the market tends to promote extreme consumerism in an effort to sell its products, people can easily get caught up in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending.
Compulsive consumerism is one example of how the techno-economic paradigm affects individuals” Laudato Si’ 203
“But Jesus answered him: ‘It has been said: You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him… “ Luke 4: 12-13.
“There is no elsewhere. Where will what I purchase go, when I am finished with it?”
Tip to GREEN our Lent. Good shopping is asking the question: Do I need it? If possible do not buy- Re-use, Repair, Share or Borrow.
An Astonishing Secret –The Love Story of Creation and the Wonder of You.
Daniel O’Leary, 2017, Columba Press
“If we get creation wrong, we get God wrong” Thomas Aquinas
“To love God we must love what God loves.” T de Chardin
A group of people were invited to a banquet in a beautiful medieval castle situated in a beautiful courtyard. It was a splendid feast with a profusion of sumptuous dishes, a delicious range of wines and other drinks, superb service and an excellent orchestra to entertain the guests as they ate. The food was so good and the drinks so delicious that the guests simply couldn’t get enough. They continued to gorge themselves long after the point of satiation.
As the night wore on, instead of ending the meal, relaxing and going home, the revellers became more and more intent on securing additional helpings of the mouth-watering food. Their demands became so voracious that all the food was consumed. The master of the house, in order to avoid embarrassment, sent out his servants, backed by the militia, to collect more food from the poor inhabitants in the surrounding countryside.
Fuel to cook the food also ran out. The cooks ordered some servants to begin chopping away at the timber pillars that supported the roof in order to get firewood to continue cooking. After a while some of the wooden pillars began to sag a little and cracks appeared in the ceiling. But the servants and banqueters were so absorbed in the meal that they were completely unaware of the long-term consequences of their actions. They had no time to consider that unless they stopped hacking at the supporting pillars the ceiling would eventually come crashing down on their heads.
The din, buzz and activity in the kitchen and dining hall were electrifying. People were milling around the cooking stoves, shouting orders for more food and eating with relish. Yet not everyone was caught up in the frenzy. A small number of people stood by the door with neither plates nor glasses in their hands. They carried placards denouncing the diners, pointing out that the heavy cost of the meal was been borne by the poor, starving peasants in the surrounding countryside. Others with an eye to the environmental consequences, aware that the beams were sagging and that a tragedy was imminent, implored the diners to end the meal and thus aver the disaster.
A few of those eating would occasionally stop to listen to their heartfelt pleas: they even cast a fleeting glance towards the ceiling. But as soon as a waiter with more food came close they would lose interest and join in the scramble for more. The majority of those who were celebrating, however, didn’t take any notice at all. They were simply so engrossed in the meal that nothing else really mattered. (Sean McDonagh, Passion for the Earth, London, Chapman 1994, pp 1-2)
Binsey Poplars by G. M. Hopkins
My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
Of a fresh and following folded rank
Not spared, not one
That dandled a sandalled
Shadow that swam or sank
On meadow & river & wind-wandering weed-winding bank.
O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew —
Hack and rack the growing green!
Since country is so tender
To touch, her being só slender,
That, like this sleek and seeing ball
But a prick will make no eye at all,
Where we, even where we mean
To mend her we end her,
When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
Strokes of havoc unselve
The sweet especial scene,
Rural scene, a rural scene,
Sweet especial rural scene.
Laudato Si’ references.
Consumerism: 144, 203, 204