Seek Justice This Advent Season
This Advent, commit to simplicity. In a season that can mistakenly be focused on consumption, it’s a good chance to explore ways to live simply as we prepare for the coming of Jesus and the restoration of the earth.
Here are some ideas shared by our Social Justice and Peace Commission to live a more simple and intentional life, perhaps starting now, during Advent.
______ Take some breaks from my cell phone/smart phone, computer, and other devices so that you can be really present to the people around you.
______ Establish priorities and learn to say “no” to things that are not important to you and “yes” to things that are important.
______ Keep a gratitude journal by recording the big and small blessings that come my way.
______ Get rid of junk mail by
• throwing it into a recycling bin as soon as it arrives
• stopping it from being delivered by asking to be removed from mailing lists
• going paperless for bills, opting for digital bills instead
______ Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and less meat and dairy to lower my impact on the environment.
______ Reduce use of single-use plastics.
______ If you use a cut Christmas tree, plan ahead for helpful ways for disposing of it. Ecomaine is a great resource for statewide options. Their information on recycling gift wrapping is something to consider before purchasing. “if you can rip it, you can recycle it,” they say!
Thanks to the Ignatian Solidarity Network for their leadership on this initiative. You can also sign up for the Ignatian Solidarity Network Advent calendar online here. It has daily suggestions for living more simply and in ways that help restore the earth.