Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 22, 2019

Earth Concerns News

Celebrating Water's Many Names by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ

Throughout this year, the articles by the Home/Land Committee have focused on water rights. Water has been our particular concern this year, so you can only imagine how pleased we were to join with local, interfaith groups at Marquette Park in Milwaukee during the CSSJ Federation Event to take action and to protect the water source of the Great Lakes.

We began the action with a march to the park. Once we arrived, there were several speeches and a ritual in which the leader called water by its many names: ice, stream, water fall, trickle, tear, dew drop, holy water, ocean, puddle, lake, river, snowflake, hurricane. The words celebrated the many ways we are surrounded with and immersed in water. After these many names (of which I have mentioned only a few) were read, the leader presented the water with a rose. These symbols signified our reverent awareness of the gift that water is to us. Being present for this event and feeling the cumulative effect of the action on behalf of water that we have fostered was amazing.

It occurred to me that we protect only what we love, what our eyes behold as beautiful. As the words for water were proclaimed, I remembered the many times I have been held, nourished, bathed and blessed by water. Water is the womb of the divine. The placing of the rose on the water called forth the knowledge that water is not a commodity but rather the source of life itself. Reverence is the only stance we can takeCreverent awe for the tremendous beauty and creativity of water in its many forms.


Do You Know ...

Do you know that our Great Lakes are being polluted, the water privatized and species endangered. AAs the global water crisis increases, so does the pressure on exporting the water of the Great Lakes (20 percent of world's surface freshwater and 95 percent of our country=s surface freshwater). The UN predicts that two-thirds of the world's population will live in water-scarce regions by 2025, and many of them in regions previously considered rich in water like those in the United States.@


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