Saints To Remember Amid Flames


Two supposedly unrelated news items join hands today. First, it’s All Saints Day. Christians honor the faithful now in Heaven; second, California’s wildfires now burn 500% more land than in the past.

Those items merge when we remember holy people who lifted God’s creation high. Aletia  lists five of them: Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), an Iroquois who often prayed in the forest and made crosses from sticks; Saint Benedict of Nursia (480-543: Benedict believed that “a spiritual person will, along with prayer, work to make the world a better, more harmonious place. This is why most of his followers commit to staying on one piece of land for long periods of time and improving it.”); Pope Paul VI (1897-1978, who called us to live in harmony with the Earth); Dorothy Day (1897-1980); and, of course, Francis of Assisi (1181-1226).

I think of those saints as I see the videos of those fires, one source of which is climate change. Those people of faith — along with living believers like Katharine Hayhoe — remind us that harmony with nature is more rewarding than dissonance.


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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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