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Mission Sustainable Challenge Archives
Engage in the spirituality of sustainability. Sign up now and participate in a daily action and reflection challenge throughout the month of October. Read, act, and contemplate on your own, or attend events and reflect with friends and other campus community members.Click on the red text to see each day's full description.
Mission Sustainable Challenge
Day 15: Gratitude for Food
“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” - Saint Augustine
1) As you prepare/select your meals today, think about it: Only take as much as you actually need.
2) Pause for a moment before eating, either with those with whom you are sharing a meal, or on your own, and give thanks for the many people who have worked to bring this meal to you. Consider those around the world who have not been so fortunate and go hungry today.
3) Eat everything on your plate (it won't be hard since you selected your food mindfully!) OR take and finish it later.
All those Hunger Games fans out there might remember a scene from the second book where Katniss Everdeen goes to a party at the capital city and the guests, after stuffing themselves with the rich abundance of food, take a little potion to make themselves vomit so that they can continue consuming and enjoying more and more food. The dark irony of the book holds this culture of abundance, consumption, and waste in contrast with the masses who go hungry and struggle for survival in the outlying districts. A majority of the world's religious traditions invite a moment of gratitude or provide a formal prayer to bless food before it is consumed. The idea is not for God to make the food holy before it can enter our bodies, but to recognize that it is already holy: It is a gift of the earth and the product of much human labor. A moment for prayerful gratitude before a meal keeps us from becoming like the citizens in the Hunger Games. It reminds us to not take for granted the abundance we have while so many in the world still go hungry. And then, after the meal, to work toward a world where all have a place at the table. Take a moment for gratitude before meals today.
Contributed by Jake Schneider (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education) and Shauna Shapiro (Counseling Psychology Department)
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