Common Good


Secular Franciscan JPIC Monthly Newsletter
for Franciscan Voice Canada


Issue No 31,  January 2020
Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation!
World Day of Prayer
The 53rd World Day of Peace was observed on 1 January 2020. Pope Francis’ Message, published on 12 December 2019, is entitled "Peace as a journey of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion".
“If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.”
                                                                Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
Awakening to Our Children's Future
As the Decades Ends
Let’s hear from Michael Enright in a portion of his morning essay from CBC Radio Sunday Morning, December 27, 2019:

“The decade also triggered the greatest inequality of income in living memory.
It was a decade whose signature literature was about dystopia ... from The Hunger Games to Margaret Atwood's The Testaments. And whose signature movies were about superheroes … were these escapist fantasies answering our collective anxieties?
In large measure it was a decade when the young came into their own, showing their entrenched seniors new ways of doing things.
We might even bookend the 10 years with the memory of two young girls who have become symbols of the times — Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head in 2012 for wanting to go to school in Pakistan. And in 2019, young Greta Thunberg who gave her "How dare you?" speech to a United Nations conference on climate and graced the cover of TIME Magazine as "Person of the Year." ”
Read More at Andrew's Blog
Surrender to Disaster or Hope For Future
UN Secretary General António Guterres, 2 December 2019 at COP25 in Madrid stated: 
“We stand at a critical juncture in our collective efforts to limit dangerous global heating.
By the end of the coming decade we will be on one of two paths. One is the path of surrender, where we have sleepwalked past the point of no return, jeopardizing the health and safety of everyone on this planet. Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?

The other option is the path of hope. 
A path of resolve, of sustainable solutions. 
A path where more fossil fuels remain where they should be – in the ground – and where we are on the way to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Read More at Andrew's Blog
Do Not Close the Window of Opportunity

Pope Francis in his letter to COP25 put it: “We must seriously ask ourselves if there is the political will to allocate with honesty, responsibility and courage, more human, financial and technological resources to mitigate the negative effects of climate change”.
And as Greta Thunberg said 3 Dec 2019: “If they want us to stop being angry, maybe they should stop making us angry” and three days later: “The hope is not within the walls of the COP25. The hope is out here with you”. See the video below.
Greta Thunberg to Madrid Climate Protesters: 'Hope Is Out Here With You'
Let’s End On a Hopeful Note & Sing 

Young People Marching - Raffi, a video with Raffi's song.

As Franciscans let’s end on a hopeful note & sing - with iconic Canadian children's singer Raffi, who has released a new song about climate-change activism, titled “Young People Marching.” He wrote the song as a tribute to Sweden's Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who speaks powerfully to world leaders at United Nations Climate Action Summits and elsewhere and who has inspired so many millions to march for climate action. Hear Young People Marching here. And Cool it, cool it, cool this planet down.
Read More at Andrew's Blog
From Gospel to Life

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
                                                 Luke 12: 13 - 15

Franciscan Voice Canada
has a new Blogger

Margaret Ross, ofs, is an editor for this newsletter. She is also minister of the St.Agnes of Assisi Fraternity in Coquitlam, B.C. and a passionate JPIC advocate. See her first blog at Franciscan Voice Canada. It begins:

JPIC Discernment Tool (Intro)
As Secular Franciscans, we live a Rule of Life that moves us from Gospel to Life, Life to Gospel, Contemplation to Action, Action to Contemplation. Contemplation takes many forms (Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Devotional Prayer, Centering Prayer). Our Action takes form in JPIC.  So I ask myself, “How can I live my Rule to the fullest and make JPIC an integral part of my every day?” An important question for all of us.    ...go to the Blog

Let us pray:

May God bless us with memory to thank the Lord our God, King of the Universe, by whose word all exists and to give all praise through our sister Mother Earth by whom all our needs are met and to cherish, nurture, protect and sustain her and work for the common good. - Andrew Conradi ofs
Photo by Staecker 
Films of the Month:
The Two Popes
The Pope and a Jesuit cardinal walk into a park. As they stroll the grounds of the Papal summer home, the cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) attempts to serve his resignation papers. Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) either ignores his request or amusingly deflects it by involving Bergoglio in a conversation about their personal differences.                    ....Read more (                 See the Trailer
A Hidden Life
Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive.
Canadian Release Date is January 17th.
Check your local cinemas for showing dates or use Cinema Clock (City)
Laudato Si'

179 “Because the enforcement of laws is at times inadequate due to corruption, public pressure has to be exerted in order to bring about decisive political action. Society, through non-governmental organizations and intermediate groups, must put pressure on governments to develop more rigorous regulations, procedures and controls. Unless citizens control political power – national, regional and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment.” 

Understanding JPIC
 - A Primer for Formation and Animation


“The case for political advocacy and parrhesa was re-stated by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ (2015, n.179): “Because the enforcement of laws is at times inadequate due to corruption, public pressure has to be exerted in order to bring about decisive political action. Society, through non-governmental organizations and intermediate groups, must put pressure on governments to develop more rigorous regulations, procedures and controls. Unless citizens control political power – national, regional and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment.” Or we can add, bring about social & economic justice.

        - from Understanding JPIC, 3.2.86.b.
    The Rule &
General Constitutions

In thinking of the young people....
19. Mindful that they are bearers of peace which must be built up unceasingly, they should seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed in everyone and in the transforming power of love and pardon.
Messengers of perfect joy in every circumstance, they should strive to bring joy and hope to others.

GC 26.1: Following the Gospel, Secular Franciscans, therefore, affirm their hope and their joy in living. They make a contribution to counter widespread distress and pessimism, preparing a better future.
 Book Suggestions
of the month
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation - we hear it all the time. It has almost become a refrain. But do we really believe it? What if we were to let those words settle a little, penetrate minds and hearts deeply, and accept their troubling, terrifying truth? What if we were to understand that climate change isn't something far away out there in space and time, but something that affects us here and now?

In Climate Generation: Awakening to Our Children's Future, Lorna Gold shares her personal journey in understanding what those two words 'climate change' mean for her as a mother seeking to protect her children and, by extension, the world of which we are all a part. Read More

by Lorna Gold

by James Hoggan
Let me repeat Pope Francis in  Laudato Si': "Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain." (161) and remind us of a book now ten years old: Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming (Greystone, 2009) that predated Laudato Si’.

Canadian environmental activists James Hoggan (co-founder of DeSmog) and Richard Littlemore (an author of one of the Trek articles) have documented how starting in the early 1990s, three large American industry groups set to work on strategies to cast doubt on the science of climate change. Even though the oil industry’s own scientists had declared, as early as 1995, that human-induced climate change was undeniable,...    

 … Read More at Andrew's Blog
Pope's Prayer for January

Promotion of World Peace
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.
No religion incites people to war, or to hate or violence. On the contrary, religions invite us to defend the values of peace and human fraternity. Indeed, dialogue and understanding among peoples form an essential part of their teachings. Let us follow them.
Important dates on the JPIC calendar:
+ January 15 - World Day of Migrants & Refugees
+ January 18 - 25 - Week of Christian Unity

+ February 8 - International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
+ February 22 - National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Canada) check link
Recent Postings on 
Franciscan Voice Canada

Note the calls for Action in some of the postings below        Other earlier Posts you may want to check:
Editors: Andrew Conradi, ofs, Laudato Si' Animator, Global Catholic Climate Movement; George Guimond, ofs, RFEC Dir of JPIC & Margaret Ross, ofs, Minister, St Agnes Fraternity, Coquitlam, BC & Laudato Si' Animator


Related Links

About OFS
About JPIC
Development & Peace
National Fraternity of Canada
Joy of the Gospel
Understanding JPIC - a Primer
The Franciscan Journey           - JPIC Supplements

“Faith makes us walk with Jesus on the torturous ways of this world, in the certainty that the force of His Spirit will subdue the forces of evil, subjecting them to the power of God’s love. Love is superior, love is more powerful because it is God: God is love." - Pope Francis 

Creation is the footprint of the Divine

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