Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone … A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal. Laudato Si (202)
Joint newsletter of JPIC International and the UN_NGO A quarterly Newsletter for Global Education and Advocacy http://mailchi.mp/4d2d393d4ba1/new-frontiers?e=dc32080d77 A See, Judge, Act Reflection: The Earth is, the Lord’s, and all that is in it. —Psalm 24:1 THE IMPACTS OF MINING. By the Integrity of Creation Working Group, JPIC Commission, USG-UISG Rome, Italy (2014). Click here for the book.
Rita Carroll RSCJ offers this visual reflection on Psalm 8 and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. Download a PDF version: laudato-si-psalm-8. “At the end, we will find ourselves face to face with the infinite beauty of God, and be able to read with admiration and happiness the mystery of the universe, which with us will share in unending plenitude.” Laudato Si’ O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! Your praise reaches up to the heavens; it is sung by children and babies. You are safe and secure from all your enemies; you stop anyone who opposes you. Psalm 8 Contemplating the nature of space and time
This Laudato Si’ prayer resource by Rita Carroll RSCJ engages all of our senses. It provides a variety of ways of reflecting on Pope Francis’ message of integral ecology in Laudato Si’. It can be used for personal prayer or for community prayer or in retreat activities for students. Download the Laudato Si’ Prayer Resource here:
Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical on the environment has arrived! Lauadto Si – On the Care of Our Common Home – takes its title from the famous canticle of St Francis of Assisi. Like Pope Francis, the Society of the Sacred Heart has recognized the ecological crisis as a major priority. The first chapter of Laudato Si contemplates what is happening to our common home, the earth. Chapter 2 presents a Biblical vision of creation, and Chapter 6 stresses the potential of Christian spirituality to motivate and support appropriate responses. These are excellent chapters to take into our prayer as we begin to consider the analysis and directions for action
It’s on again – 8.30 – 9.30 pm Saturday 29 March! For events near you visit www.earthhour.org.au or stay at home and turn off the power. If you are in Sydney, you could prepare by participating in an Earth Hour Retreat.
This Carbon Fast Calendar 2014 was produced by the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (NSW) Social Justice Committee drawing on and adapting material from the Environmental Outreach Committee of the Archdiocese of Washington. It aims to help us to transform our relationship with God and all of God’s creation this lent.
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is a multi-faith network taking action on climate change. Check their website for the latest information and events.
Can you spot Esmey Herscovitch RSCJ at the Respect Creation interfaith prayer vigil in Sydney’s Martin Place? The vigil was organised by the Faith Ecology Network which brings together people from eleven different faith traditions. Meditations and prayers were led by representatives from the Aboriginal, Anglican, Shia Muslim, Uniting Church, Sikh, Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Sunni Muslim, Quaker and Hindu communities. Chant, poems, songs and spoken prayers were used. The ‘Peace Angels’ embraced dance as a meditation. Over one hundred people participated in the Vigil. Some passing by were also welcomed and joined the event. For more information, visit the Faith Ecology Network website.