Season of Creation Daily Day 17: The six R's

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Christianity does not confine itself to
the reign of God in the soul;
it seeks to establish
the reign of God upon the earth.

— Fr. Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, a community of Catholic priests who recognize "the multicultural reality of our society, the diversity of North American religious experience, andthe value of Paulists and laity working together."

 i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes 

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened) 

— e.e. cummings

How would you rate yourself on these R's — refuse, reduce, reuse/repair, replace/rebuy, recycle?
Refuse, make the choice not to generate waste in the first place
Reduce, make decisions that decrease the amount of waste produced
Reuse/repair, expand the shelf-lives of products; join the growing movement to RE-USE
Replace, next time consider the recycled and green option
Recycle, reclaim the raw materials
(Note that recycling is LAST on the list; it is critically important but isn’t as effective as preventing waste in the first place.)

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