Missionaries of the Sacred

What Does it Mean to be a Good Steward of God’s Creation? PDF Print
Thursday, 26 August 2010 00:00

Photo: Bald Eagle (Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haliaeetus_leucocephalus-tree-USFWS.jpg)Part of Catholic teaching is that human beings have a responsibility to care for the earth, to be good stewards of God’s creation. There are many aspects of caring for creation, including recycling, reducing waste and pollution, conserving energy, preserving natural habitats, repairing damaged ecosystems, distributing resources such as water in a way that benefits the common good, just to name a few. Yet, with so many important aspects to consider when caring for the earth, how do we know where to start? How do we know if we’re being good stewards?

Caring for creation is a huge responsibility, and involves much more than simply turning off extra lights or buying energy efficient appliances. The good news is that there are many ways we can become better stewards of creation. By being mindful of our attitudes and making several small changes, we can form better habits. Over time, these new habits will form the basis of a more ecologically-friendly lifestyle. In short, where we start is not the issue; what is essential is that we do start. Recognizing that we need to be a better steward is an important first step. While many of the decisions we make along the way will be small, they all reflect our attitudes, and, over time, shape our lives.