You may remember in the June Common Good we highlighted that the Vatican through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development calls for renewed action in a new document introduced 16 May 2020:Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home (Journeying). It quotes "Time has grown short" (1 Cor 7:29) on the urgency in how to implement the action required by Laudato Si’ (LS). Although not translated into English yet, enough is known about it to start thinking and planning action.
It highlights the main message of Laudato Sí: Everything is connected; each particular crisis forms part of a single, complex socio-environmental crisis that requires a true ecological conversion.
Safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility.
The Coming Decade of Laudato Si' Action will feature a multi-year "Laudato Si' Action Platform" with its Seven Goals and in June we asked you to check out the OFM’s Laudato Si' Revolution website for initiatives and resources.
ACTION: As a Season of Creation action we suggest that you ask your diocese, parish and group e.g. D&P, CWL, Knights etc. to become aware of Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home. Promote it and consider what they could do in volunteering to help organize a grassroots movement to advocate and work for justice, peace and care for creation. ...Learn more
“We can hardly consider ourselves to be fully loving if we disregard any aspect of reality: “Peace, justice and the preservation of creation are three absolutely interconnected themes, which cannot be separated and treated individually without once again falling into reductionism”. Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.” (§92)
Take Action for Ombudsperson with Real Powers!
During his visit to Madagascar led by Development and Peace, Martin Blanchet, tells us that the head of the family spoke eloquently of the disastrous effects the mine was having on his family and himself. His livelihood was threatened and his ancestral land expropriated by the company. He had little or no recourse. Since then, Martin became an ardent advocate for the creation of a Canadian independent ombudsperson with real powers to investigate such abuses by the mining industry. ...read more
Petition e-2564 to the House of Commons in part reads:
The activities of Canadian mining, energy, garment and other industries, and their suppliers, have been linked to human rights abuses and environmental damage across the world;
Human rights and environmental defenders, especially Indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities face increasing harassment, intimidation, criminalization and even murder in standing up to powerful corporations
We have until September 1, 2020, to sign this important petition. The Trudeau government promised to take action on this issue but to date has done little. It is unbelievable that Canadian companies, at the heart of so much abuse and damage, can act with impunity. Sign the petition and get your friends to do the same.
See our "Take Action" posting in Franciscan Voice Canada and the recommended film of the month, "River of Gold" below.
Timothy Schmalz's Sculptures are 'Only as Shocking as the Gospels
Pope Francis greets sculptor Timothy Schmalz at the unveiling of the monument to migrants and refugees, "Angels Unawares," at St. Peter's Square on World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Sept. 29, 2019. (Itravella/Wikimedia Commons)
Read Andrew Conradi's special blog on why he chose a photo of the sculpture "Homeless Jesus" for his blog header.
11. Trusting in the Father, Christ chose for himself and his mother a poor and humble life, even though he valued created things attentively and lovingly. Let the Secular Franciscans seek a proper spirit of detachment from temporal goods by simplifying their own material needs. Let them be mindful that according to the gospel they are stewards of the goods received for the benefit of God's children.
Thus, in the spirit of “the Beatitudes”, and as pilgrims and strangers on their way to the home of the Father, they should strive to purify their hearts from every tendency and yearning for possession and power.
Book Suggestion of the Month
Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis
by Murray Bodo, OFM
St. Francis was not a medieval theologian but a teacher of wisdom who used sayings, stories, and rituals to show us how we can allow God to transform our lives. In this, as in everything else, he was following in the footsteps of Jesus, who is the mystery of the fullness of God among us. You, too, can follow in Jesus’ footsteps with his seven teachings outlined here:
The First Teaching: The Wonder of the Incarnation
The Second Teaching: The Paradox of Evangelical Poverty
The Third Teaching: Live the Gospel
The Fourth Teaching: Go and Repair God’s House
The Fifth Teaching: Making Peace
The Sixth Teaching: All Creatures Are Our Brothers and Sisters
The Seventh Teaching: The Joy of Humble Praise and Service of God
The Teaching of Teachings: Love
This simple map for living is why St. Francis is still admired today in our fractious and divided world. What he teaches, if lived, brings joy, which is the result of union with God, who lives with us and within all of creation.
Meditating on these teachings from St. Francis will give you hope; for hope is the grace to imagine a future more positive, more loving, and more joyful than the world we now find ourselves in. As St. Francis used to say to his brothers, “Let us begin to do good, for up to now we have done nothing.” Recommended - Margaret Ross, FVC & George Guimond, FVC
Film of the Month: River of Gold
River of Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, led by Peruvian Enrique Ortiz, bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale.
Flash forward four years to a massive intervention by the Peruvian government. What will be the fate of this critical region of priceless biodiversity as these extraordinarily beautiful forests are turned into a hellish wasteland? Learn more
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.
Our society depends, probably more than many of us imagine, on the hard work of maritime workers and their families who have to face not only the dangers of nature—storms, hurricanes, etc.—but also human threats, such as piracy. Pope Francis summarizes very clearly the importance of the work of sailors and fishermen: “Without the people of the sea, many parts of the world would starve.”
We Pray: We pray in thanksgiving for Mother Earth in whom all life is rooted, Brother Sun whose energy radiates life, Sister Water who nurtures and revives us, and co-creatures with whom we live, and for whom we are called to till and keep this garden. See more prayers at Season of Creation website.
What happened when we all stopped” narrated by Jane Goodal
Chemins Franciscains est un membre régulier de l’AMECO, une association de médias catholiques et œcuméniques qui regroupe plus de 70 revues publiées au Québec. Il propose un nouvel art de vivre inspiré de Claire et François d’Assise au cœur des défis actuels de la famille humaine.
Important Dates on the JPIC Calendar:
+ August 11 - To celebrate St Clare the Franciscan Action Network (USA) invited us to listen to a talk(54 mins) given by Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio, OSF. Highly recommended by Andrew.
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
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