Though Ukraine and Russia are thousands of miles from our shores the situation feels very close to us as the war continues. So many lives needlessly lost and loved ones carrying the burden and sadness of never seeing family members again. Our hearts reach out to those who are suffering. The link below takes us ever more deeply into the reality that so many are facing.
The ANZ Province offers a resource prepared by Sr Esmey Herscovitch RSCJ, to assist our reflection during this 2020 Season of Creation. This season is a time for us to reflect on our collective responsibility for the ongoing sustainability our planet Earth. The following document contains user friendly reflections enabling us to deepen and action our learning for the good of our collective future.We join with friends and companions around the world to pray for the wellbeing of the planet that sustains us and for the courage to nurture the gift of life that is offered for our survival.
How can we accompany those suffering the aftermath of fire, floods, hunger, poverty… Do we have the resources to help? Would changing our personal life style make a difference? How?How can ‘I’ make a difference?
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:
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.