Common Good


Secular Franciscan JPIC Monthly Newsletter
for Franciscan Voice Canada


Issue No 39,  October 2020
Creation Matters

What we can do! 

The Season of Creation Matters!

What can we do? Two examples:
    We can See, Learn, Pray, Act!... and other examples: 
Theoretically, The Season of Creation ended on October 4, but in fact, this should not be seen as a limited season but as a renewal of lifestyle and connection with creation.

There are many things we can do and sites like the Season of Creation, Laudato Si' RevolutionGCCM Canada among many others help us with ideas.

See the Dicastery's new document introduced 16 May 2020, Journeying Towards Care for Our Common  Home on how to implement the action required by Laudato si’. This document is a guide to all Christians on how to maintain a healthy relationship with Creation and that we are all part of one human family.

To learn of more things we can do to help bring about a more just and caring world visit Franciscan Voice Canada where collected ideas are regularly posted.  
All Living Things Matter!
This honours the Cree holistic value that everything in life is sacred.
We can emulate St Francis of Assisi
in his Canticle of the Creatures by taking action by raising our voices

Sign the Catholic Petition for just action on COVID and the Climate Emergency.  
Show the Pope and the world that you care!  
GCCM Canada Webinar - A Just Transition 
A September 16th webinar hosted Andrew Conradi, ofs, as one of the speakers. Here is the link to the webinar recording. 

Then Andrew was asked to be a presenter at the N. American GCCM webinar:

Angélica Gonzalez-Apple, Program Manager North America, 
Global Catholic Climate Movement, Los Angeles, California:
I have had nothing but tremendous feedback from our viewers how much they loved each one of your individual presentations."  

Agnes Richard, GCCM Canada Coordinator wrote:
“You did a fantastic job on the GCCM Season of Creation webinar. The chat box was full of kudos for your presentation!”

Andrew’s presentation in 1 Oct webinar was the same as in GCCM-Canada’s 16 Sept webinar but that included Sr. María de los Ángeles Marco Teja, UJ as the other speaker (on mining).

Here is the link to the recording of A Just Transition North America webinar.
Listen and learn what we can do.
Laudato Si'

“Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” (LS, 49)

Understanding JPIC

“David Couturier, OFM Cap, one time President of Franciscans International and Associate Director of the Capuchin International Office of Justice and Peace said:
“..... justice, peace and the integrity of creation are not what a Franciscan community does when it has time or energy left over from its other more important work. Neither is it the activity left to a small group of highly motivated individuals at the corners of the Province. It is the primary task of each and every community of faith that dares to claim a role in the evangelizing work of the Spirit today.”  
(Understanding JPIC, 3.5.3.)
(A Talk to Franciscan Directors of JPIC, 27 November 2003, emphasis added) 
 From Gospel to Life

“A time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ec 3:7)

"Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy." (Prov 31:9)

General Constitutions 
13. As the Father sees in every person the features of his Son, the firstborn of many brothers and sisters, so the Secular Franciscans with a gentle and courteous spirit accept all people as a gift of the Lord and an image of Christ.

A sense of community will make them joyful and ready to place themselves on an equal basis with all people, especially with the lowly for whom they shall strive to create conditions of life worthy of people redeemed by Christ.

Chalice photo

of the week

In a year filled with social and political unrest causing food insecurity, violence, fuel shortages, and disease outbreaks, the people in Haiti were hit particularly hard by COVID-19. (The Chalice) Saint Dominique Site located near Port-au-Prince has been doing its best to support 85 orphaned and/or abandoned children, but at times the outcome seemed bleak.

Learn More...

Pope's Prayer Intention for October
The Laity’s Mission in the Church

We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church
By virtue of Baptism, we are all called to be missionary disciples of the Lord. Many women, answering this call, keep the Church on its feet throughout the world with their admirable self-giving and ardent faith. The Holy Father recognizes this fact when he proposes that women should have “a real and effective impact on...
...Read more 
We Pray:
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this Earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who only look for gain at the expense of the poor and the Earth.  
See more prayers at the Season of Creation website.  
Film of the Month
"The Social Dilemma"
We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.
In this film, we get a hint of how social media can manipulate us, and do it without our being aware of it. The result is that we are receiving information that is wrong and can lead us down a path that the Gospel warns us of false profits. - FVC
                                                          - Matt 24:11; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 4:11; Matt 24:24
Connect to the film on Netflix HERE
Book of the Month
Saint Francis of Assisi - Brother of Creation
By Mirabai Starr
Forward by Richard Rohr

History likes to remember St Francis as a placid sage surrounded by gentle forest creatures. Nothing could be further from the truth! Francis is a fierce activist, passionate lover of creation. I highly recommend Mirabai Starr's collection of contemplations titled, Saint Francis of Assisi, Brother of Creation. Packed with prayers and stories, this gem is sure to inspire you.
Recommended -

Nina Hirlaender, ofs - FVC

Mirabai Starr compiles stories, prayers, and translations of Francis' writings to help readers discover a nourishing devotion to God and a profound compassion toward all living things.

The South African word "Ubuntu" contains an equivalent to the words "Fratelli Tutti" meaning "Each of us is fully a person when we are part of a people; at the same time, there are no peoples without respect for the individuality of each person" (Paragraph 182). In other words, we are "brothers and sisters all" (8).
From National Catholic Reporter by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator

Download this newest encyclical Fratelli Tutti here
More on this next month! So rich!
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:
Other Recent Postings on 
Franciscan Voice Canada
Note the calls for Action in some of the postings below
   Earlier Posts you may want to check:
Related Links
About OFS
About JPIC
Development & Peace
National Fraternity of Canada
Laudato Si’
Fratelli Tutti

Joy of the Gospel
Understanding JPIC - a Primer
The Franciscan Journey - JPIC Supplements

Editors:               Andrew Conradi, ofs, Laudato Si' Animator, Global Catholic Climate Movement
                                            George Guimond, ofs, RFEC Dir of JPIC
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