December 15, 2016 – Considering Our Pantry

We’ve talked about creation and water. It probably isn’t surprising that next I would bring up food. According to Feeding America, approximately 70 billion pounds of food are wasted each year – and that’s just in America.

I’m not going to make this post very long, because so much of what was said the previous two days pertains to the issues of malnutrition, hunger and poverty. Today, I would like you to look in your pantry. I mean really look. What food do you have that you know you and your family are probably not going to eat? What is lurking in the back corners of your cupboards slowly expiring? What about those bananas that are overripe on the counter or the half an onion on the verge of molding in the refrigerator?

Now, what are you going to do about what you found? As you determine what to cook for dinner tonight, consider these quotes from Pope Francis:

Hunger is criminal; nourishment is an inalienable right. (10/28/14)

Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times, we are no longer able to give a just value, which goes well beyond mere economic parameters. We should all remember, however, that throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor, the hungry! (6/5/13, Environment)

***After reflecting on your perspective on the status of water, did you come up with any changes you would like to make in your life? Please feel free to share your experience, thoughts and offer support to one another in the comments, on Twitter with the #DailyGraces or on the Facebook page.Daily Graces.