Monthly Action Points

We may dread making Resolutions, but without them, many good things don’t happen! So each month two Resolutions related to the theme of our website will be proposed, the first more contemplative, the second more practical. If you prefer, use your imagination to create your own Resolutions: mine are just suggestions.


  1. Happiness grows as we simplify our lives. Other species are happy: we can be also! Let birds, cats, dogs and all God’s creatures teach you the secret of their happiness.
  2. ‘The earth, our home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth’ Laudato Si What must the other species think of us as we spoil our Common Home? Our little planet requires the right diet to get well again, so think of joining others who are working to clean up the local environment.


  1. Try to be conscious of the fact that we humans do not own the world! We are visitors to our Garden Planet, and we share it with millions of other species. They only use what they need: ‘they do not gather into barns’. Try to resist consumerism.
  2. Simplify your life as much as you can. As Gandhi says, ‘Live simply so that others may simply live’. If you buy less, you create less waste and use up less energy – all to the good of our planet.


  1. Every living creature praises God in its own way. You too are a creature, so get into the habit of praise when you see the wonder and beauty of things. The Hebrews saw creation as a cosmic orchestra: animals and birds, rivers and seas, hills and mountains, frost and cold, and all else, contribute their party pieces. So let your imagination run, and join in!
  2. Try to use your washing machine only when it is fairly full. This will save water, heat and detergent, so nature will be grateful!


  1. Spring reminds us of that first great flaring forth of life and energy called the Big Bang. Let its life and energy into your heart and mind. You too are part of creation and can share its vitality and zest at this time. Let yourself blossom!
  2. Buy locally produced foods if possible. This reduces the contribution of ‘food miles’ to what we eat, and reduces global warming.


  1. Nature is waking up after the sleep of winter. Pray that the creatures around you may feel safe and protected, trusting that you are their friend.
  2. Turn off taps as much as possible, when washing your face, teeth or kitchen equipment. Drink tap water where possible. It takes much energy to extract, package and transport bottled water, and Mother Earth finds plastic highly indigestible. We humans are two-thirds water, but so are other living things, so save it so that there may be enough to go round.


  1. Nature is ‘a precious book, of which the letters are the multitude of created things’Laudato Si Let them speak their meaning to you. The sea may speak of strength and energy; the robin of courage in fragility, the moon of serenity and quiet beauty, the leaf of the processes of life, the grain of sand of the immense age of the world. Everything has its story.
  2. Feed the wild birds in your garden. A reliable source of food and water is vital for their survival. They will thank you by showing up daily!


  1. Cultivate the habit of becoming more aware of the beauty of nature. ‘The entire universe speaks of God’s love, God’s boundless affection for us. Everything is, as it were, a caress of God’ Laudato Si Allow nature to caress you with light, wind, sunbeams, with bird-song and all other forms of her beauty.
  2. Simplify your wardrobe: if you haven’t worn something for a year, give it to a Charity Shop, and try not to replace it!