Counseling versus Mother Earth
In many instances one can relate Mother Earth as our own patient pertaining to our counseling careers. We must see and hear the repercussions of many years of abuse towards the land and now we finally are listening and trying to help her. But, it is unknown exactly how we will save it forever.
When taking part in a counseling career an individual will hear of others difficulties and traumas throughout their lives and the scars that are left behind from those years of abuse. This is much like the Earth in the sense that although for years we have been abusing her no one ever thought about the repercussions of their actions until recently.
"This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life."
Many times in the theologian world individuals are represented as "brothers and sisters". This goes along with the concept of Earth being the mother and God is the "almighty father".
Self Awareness in the Earth
As seen in the examples above, when an individual decides to take the step to help our world, they are doing more than just a simple things. They are lessening their waste, creating more opportunities for themselves and others, and taking matters into their own hands to save the environment little by little.
“Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker;" indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world”. For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty. Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise".
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