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1 March 2023

Flooding in Pakistan in August 2022 destroyed crops, roads, homes and bridges.

There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad.

Matthew 21:33

We are all tenants on this earth. We do not own it, we are guests, entrusted to care for this wonderful world which God has made. We keep it in trust for future generations to enjoy.

For too long, however, too many of us have behaved as though the earth is a possession to treat as we please, exploiting its resources for our own benefit, without considering the needs of other people or the natural world. We have not listened to those voices that tell us what needs to change and remind us of the responsibilities that come with the terms of our lease.

As Pope Francis warns in Laudate Deum, “The world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point.” (#2)

The effects of this damage can be felt all around. We see the increase in floods, storms, heatwaves and fires.

We know that change is needed at the highest levels of power if we are going to find a solution. However, as Pope Francis has also said, “The mere fact that personal, family and community habits are changing is contributing to greater concern about the unfulfilled responsibilities of the political sectors and indignation at the lack of interest shown by the powerful.” (#71)

Let us try, then, to be the people who will produce the fruit of the vineyard.


Creator God, we thank you for all that you have made. Lead us to care for the earth, our common home, and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. May we produce the fruits of your kingdom. Amen.


The bishops of England and Wales have encouraged all parishes and schools to work towards the LiveSimply award as a way of “protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

LiveSimply Award

The LiveSimply award enables you to strengthen the bonds of community in your parish or your school, to nourish your spiritual life and care for God's gift of creation.