Someday, scripture promises, heaven will come down to Earth.
This weekend, Roman Catholics — thanks to a rare convergence of the liturgical and secular calendars — are urged to bring heavenly compassion, if not the prophetic New Jerusalem, to an ailing, polluted planet.
Catholics will combine Saturday's annual Earth Day with Divine Mercy Sunday, resulting in "Mercy2Earth Weekend," a creation of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
According to the National Catholic Reporter, the international coalition is inviting the faithful worldwide to perform "500 acts of mercy for the Earth" this weekend. Those acts can be anything from simply turning off the lights, TV or other electrical devices and calculating one's "carbon footprint," to learning or educating others on the connections between faith and environmental stewardship.