Your Little Bit of Good - For the Earth February 17, 2024

Meatless Monday


I ask for you a year overflowing with the graces and blessings of heaven for your spiritual progress; then good health for the accomplishment of God's will. St. Julie Billiart.


Have you heard of Meatless Mondays? It is a concept that was started in 2003 by Sid Lerner, the Founder of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Meatless Mondays started as a way to improve both our health and the health of the planet. As Catholics, we have meatless Fridays built into our liturgical cycle. Every Lent we go meatless on Fridays for spiritual health in recognition of Jesus’ sacrifice of the flesh.
This seemed like a good time to introduce a new YLBG series on the connection between our food choices and health. I’m not qualified to say much about how our Lenten Fridays affect our spiritual health, but for the next 6 weeks of YLBG, I can provide some information about how our food choices - the way we raise, consume and dispose of it – affect the health of our bodies and our planet.

The Fossil Fuel task force of the Dorothy Stang Initiative is very excited to present this information to you as we journey through Lent.


Check out this 4-minute video from the UN Environment program. It gives a short introduction to some of the issues YLBG will cover in more detail for our Lenten series. The global food system ties into many global justice issues, not the least of which are poverty, migration, war, and racism. Doing what we can through our food choices has a far-reaching affect that most of us never think about.

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