Notes From Roberta Thurston of Casa Maria - 21st STREET - in Milwaukee:
I look out at the beautiful roses in my backyard. They are flourishing because of the rain we had. The weeds also are growing. I had planned to pull them out after the rain, but now I am unable to.
The air quality is at 217 and is deemed very unhealthy. So I will stay inside.
Fires are burning out of control in Canada. I worry about the people, the birds, the animals and the trees that are affected. If we ever needed to be reminded that we are all connected this event should do it. Whatever happens in another country, good or bad, will affect us. Therefore we all need to live lightly on mother earth because nature has a wonderful way of restoring herself.
The following is a portion of a reply by Chief Seattle to the US president in 1854 when he offered to buy a large area of Indian land. When possible I used inclusive language.
“Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man.
Our dead never forget this beautiful earth, for it is the mother of the red man. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sister; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and man—all belong to the same family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life: we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”
May we all grow in our reverence and care of mother earth. Peace, Roberta
CASA MARIA CATHOLIC WORKER
P O Box 05206, Milwaukee WI 53205
1131 N 21sst St. .Milwaukee WI 53233