In his Laudato Si chapter entitled “What is Happening to Our Common Home”, Pope Francis writes “Water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems”[LS 28]. So much can be said about the crucial importance of clean water for life and good health, and yet this finite resource is unequally available and unequally sanitized for human use across the globe. Americans use an average of 156 gallons of water daily per person - mostly for bathroom use - while the average person in France uses 77 gallons per day, and in India - 38 gallons. Our Week #16 Way to Care for Creation is to investigate ways to conserve water in our households (do we really need daily showers??) and to cut back on foods that require the most water to produce. I’m sorry to report that meat, dairy, chocolate, and wine are among the culprits!