“A Vision Thing”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. is set to release her ‘Green New Deal” today–government proposals for health care for all, job guarantees, a push to eliminate U.S.carbon emissions. 

Good luck to her, but it’s going to be a hard road ahead. Maybe a start, but we are going to need more than political legislation and technological innovations to deal with climate change.

Here’s a favorite picture of mine from the Staten Island Ferry. You say it’s a picture of the New York skyline?

I say it’s a picture of water that gave birth to the city. True, isn’t it? The water was here first. The city came to be because water brought the world here, making the city a capitol of world trade and drawing millions of human beings to this place. 

These waters once abounded with fish, the surrounding areas abounded in game. Plenty for all, so the native peoples allowed the original Dutch settlers a little piece of land for themselves.

 Now look at it. The man who built the new World Trade Center claims it’s the tallest building in the country, challenging the heavens–like Babel.

.Be careful, though, about challenging the heavens and forgetting about the earth. Be careful about the waters that brought you where you are. No fish or oysters here to eat now. Little space for the waters to go when they rise. And they will.

Don’t forget– the water was here first. It’s a “vision thing.” That’s what Pope Francis says in “Laudato si”.

4 thoughts on ““A Vision Thing”

  1. cenaclemary12

    Be well…honey and lemon tea, chicken soup for the soul, ginger root boiling in a pot of water to inhale and stay away from crowds!
    Severe water shortage in South Africa. Only thirteen gallons a day rationed to a family!


  2. Dan

    Dear Fr. Victor, we have not met you yet, but we feel great affection toward you. We have many Passionist friends in common. There will be time enough to acquaint each other. For now rest and recover. You are in our prayers. A healing Scripture for you:

    Psalm 143:8
    “Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul”

    Dan & Patty Callahan
    Long Island
    (See you at the Cenacle)


  3. cenaclemary12

    Many talk the talk but make promises hard to keep. Where will the funds come from? God has given us a home on Earth but we have been disrespectful of her resources. May we be able to see how we need to care for our common home.


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