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Disasters and the environment: is there a link?

A destroyed car sits in the remains of a home Oct. 9 after wildfires in Santa Rosa, Calif. A series of deadly Northern California wildfires has killed at least 17 people, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, including a section of Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. (CNS photo/John G. Mabanglo, EPA) See CALIFORNIA-FIRES Oct. 11, 2017.

by Vernon Khelawan

In recent times the number of natural disasters that are occurring around the world seem to be either increasing or our communications modes have become much better. We are more fully endowed of the many happenings around the globe.

The severity of these disasters, natural and man-made, are reasons enough to make one stop and think about why all this is occurring. Is it that mankind is treating God’s gift to us – the environment – so insensitively and is further unresponsive to the many calls to use His creation more judiciously and is therefore upping the ante for our continued digressions with death and destruction?

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