We pray for the earth as our sisters, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, go to court to protect it. We pray in the words of St. Hildegard who reminds us:
The earth is at the same time mother,
she is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human,
she is mother of all,
for contained in her
are the seeds of all.
We pray for strength, courage and peace for our sisters, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, protesting the fossil-fuel industry’s stealing of their land for immoral gains.
And we pray that we may follow their example may increase our own passion to protect the earth. We pray in the words of St. Hildegard who knew:
Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth
is penetrated with connectedness,
penetrated with relatedness.
We shall awaken from our dullness
and rise vigorously toward justice.
If we fall in love with creation
deeper and deeper,
we will respond to its endangerment
Anne McCarthy, osb
Jan. 18, 2017
Benedictines for Peace
Many of you know that the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a community in rural Lancaster County, PA, has been resisting the seizure of their land by eminent domain for a pipeline to transport fracked gas to processing and export terminals. They’re fighting the seizure of their land on religious freedom grounds, pointing to their long commitment to care for the Earth and all who live there as one of the primary reasons they own the land at all.
In the spring of 2017, the Adorers dedicated an interfaith chapel on the edge of a cornfield on their land, which has been used actively by the Adorers themselves, and by many other religious gatherings and groups since spring/summer 2017. The Adorers are supported by Lancaster Against Pipelines which is led by a Mennonite clergyperson, Malinda Clatterbuck. There are lots of national and international news pieces about their objections and commitment to care of our Common Home.
Tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 2018, they will be heard in Federal Court in Philadelphia. While many people will go to support them in person, we also want to assist the much broader community of support. With that in mind, we have gathered prayers generously shared with us by women religious across Pennsylvania. The prayers include Franciscans, Benedictines, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We invite you to use these prayers, and to offer your own, sharing them on our Facebook page as you are so moved. If you do share prayers on social media, please use the hashtag #CovenantWithTheFuture, which will help savvy people connect to a full list of the prayers and intentions. We will share the attached prayers throughout the day. Please watch for them and share and reshare on your own pages.
Join the many, many people supporting the Adorers by sharing these prayers and your own. May they be a door through which we can lend our support in Spirit, whether or not we can be present in body.
*The hashtag, #CovenantWithTheFuture comes from the PA IPL Board Resolution calling for no new fossil fuel infrastructure, which refers to infrastructure as a “covenant with the future.”