From the very Beginning God imprinted His Natural Law on the heart of (every) man.
He also ordained physical laws for Nature to follow.
He then appointed Man as steward of all Creation (i.e., Nature).
Because Man has an intellect and a (free) will, because Man can differentiate between good and evil, and because Man can choose to obey his Creator or disobey His Law.
Nature, on the other hand, has neither intellect nor will.
So, she takes her cue from (Wo)Man – her Divinely appointed steward.
Thus, when Man rebelled against God in The Fall, so did Nature likewise, against her own innate laws: Paradise was suddenly and immediately degraded by sickness, suffering and death.
And the more Man continues to rebel (sin) the more anarchic Nature also becomes.
Now do you understand (the growing frequency and ferocity of) climate change, bushfires, floods, famines, volcanic eruptions, viruses, plagues and other pestilences? (As we increasingly persecute and even shed the blood of innocents – which cries out to Heaven for Justice?)
So what are we to do?
The Lord Himself, in no uncertain terms, provides the clue.
“Consider that I have set before thee this day life and good, and on the other hand death and evil:
That thou mayst love the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways, and keep his commandments AND CEREMONIES [Holy Mass, anyone?] and judgments, and thou mayst live, and he may multiply thee, and BLESS THEE IN THE LAND, which thou shalt go in to possess.
But if thy heart be turned away, so that thou wilt not hear, and being deceived with error thou adore strange gods [Pacha-Mama, anyone?], and serve them:
I foretell thee this day that thou shalt perish, and shalt remain but a short time in the land, to which thou shalt pass over the Jordan, and shalt go in to possess it” (Deut 30: 15-19).
“I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
“And my people, upon whom my name is called, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek out my face, and do penance for their most wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and will HEAL THEIR LAND” (2 Chr 7:14).
Let us pray:
Forgive me my sins, O Lord,
forgive me my sins;
the sins of my youth,
the sins of my age,
the sins of my soul,
the sins of my body;
my idle sins,
my serious voluntary sins;
the sins I know,
the sins I do not know;
the sins I have concealed for so long,
and which are now hidden from my memory.
I am truly sorry for every sin, mortal and venial,
for all the sins of my childhood up to the present hour.
I know my sins have wounded Thy Tender Heart,
O My Savior, let me be freed from the bonds of evil
through the most bitter Passion of My Redeemer.
O My Jesus, forget and forgive what I have been.