Reflect on your thoughts, actions and times you failed to act in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. Pray for conversion in your heart to transform your outlook and actions. Encourage your parish or school to incorporate this examination of conscience into a community Reconciliation or Penance service. Ask that the examination of conscience be shared in the parish bulletin.
When shopping take along reusable bags to reduce the use of plastic bags. Launder them regularly. Encourage your parish sell or distribute reusable bags to encourage people to care for God’s creation. Look to use bags that are made from recycled materials and/or made by workers that receive a just and living wage.
The average American household has 24 electronic gadgets — TVs, computers, cell phones, game players, music devices. Many contain heavy metals and plastics that can be toxic to the environment if not properly recycled. Over 100 million pounds of reusable materials are recovered from recycled electronic gadgets annually — but only 15 to 20 percent of the devices are properly recycled.
Look to recycle your unused or non-functioning electronic gadgets at an E-waste recycling program to care for creation.
In the United States, about 375 million inkjet and toner cartridges are disposed of every year. Many can be reused or recycled for plastic and metal instead of ending up in the landfill. To care for God’s creation, we can reuse or recycle our printer cartridges.
How do you recycle your printer cartridges? Return them to the store where you purchased them, recycle via the mail with prepaid postage envelopes or collect them as a fundraiser for your school or church can be some methods of recycling.
Share you life skills or job skills at a youth community center, job training program or homeless shelter to help people empower their lives
Check the website for brands of clothes and shoes you wear — see if they adhere to socially responsible principles. If they don’t, write the company a letter expressing your support for equitable and sustainable practices that support safe working conditions and a living wage for employees, along with eco-friendly, sustainable manufacturing and packaging
Sharin from Arizona suggests
Display returned I Do CST cards or have paper flowers for people to write their CST action item to place on dry Lenten branches or a tree in the church.
This correlates with the Gospel reading for the third Sunday of Lent with the parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:1-9 and by doing Catholic Social Teaching we bear fruit.
In addition, this is a good visual analogy for the vine and branches discourse in the 15th Chapter of John and our need to be actively involved in living our faith, something we do through Catholic Social Teaching.