Common Good


Secular Franciscan JPIC Monthly Newsletter
for Franciscan Voice Canada


Issue No 32,  February 2020
Thank you for being a subscriber to the Common Good newsletter. We work hard to select newsworthy issues that most relate to Secular Franciscans and JPIC. Recognizing that the newsletter has more content than can be read in a typical setting, we encourage you to save the newsletter on your device and take the time over the month to read articles that interest you most; just like you would with a magazine. The more we learn about the many issues we are faced within our world the better prepared we can be to influence change needed to "care for our common home". - a message from the editors
Living Out Our Charism in the Everyday
Young Canadian continues to raise her voice
The 15 year old Autumn Peltier from the Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario has spent her last eight years putting pressure on politicians to take climate change more seriously while advocating for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities and serving as the chief water commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation. In September 2019 she told the UN: "I've said it once, and I'll say it again, we can't eat money, or drink oil." She has urged the United Nations General Assembly to "warrior up" and take a stand for our planet and confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his "broken promises" at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations. She is pictured below with other youthful activists where they addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020.       … Read More at Andrew's Blog
Canadian Autumn Peltier, Chief Water Commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation, right; Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, second right; Salvador Gomez-Colon, founder of Light & Hope for Puerto Rico, second left; and Zambian Natasha Mwansa of the Natasha Mwansa Foundation, left. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Fossil Fuel Divestment
UBC Student Hunger Strike
Students end a hunger strike after UBC clarifies position on divestment from fossil fuels. A group of students ended a 100-hour hunger strike Friday after the University of British Columbia assured them it will fully divest its $1.7 billion endowment fund of fossil fuel investments.   … Read More at Andrew's Blog
Hope For Future
Six Reasons Climate Scientists are Hopeful...
    Here are the six reasons from British university profs:
  • Costa Rica offers us a viable climate future
  • Financial investors are cooling on fossil fuels
  • We are getting much better at forecasting disaster
  • Local authorities across the world are declaring a 'climate emergency' 
  • Radical climate policy goes mainstream
  • Young people are on the march!
… Learn of more hopeful signs at Andrew's Blog                  
From Gospel to Life

"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”  Mathew 19: 24 - 26

JPIC Discernment Tool

See the 5th in a series of 6 installments in Margaret's Blog

5. "Reconciliation"

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  We might say as Secular Franciscans, “You must be the change that will praise God in the world.”

                Read More....

Laudato Si’ Animators are champions
Laudato Si’ Animators are champions of change in communities all around the world. Animators have changed policies, cleaned up lands and waters, and organized prayer services.
The need to solve the climate crisis grows more urgent by the day. As fires rage and cities flood, Laudato Si’ Animators are making a concrete difference in their communities.
Consider becoming a Laudato Si' Animator - Learn more here
Let us pray
That young people may be inspired by the example of St Francis make mature lifestyle choices that are selfless and sustainable, promote the care and safeguarding of ecosystems, guarantee access to all basic resources, and encourage practices that respect the fundamental rights of the human person and of every creature, let us pray.
That we might recognize that the climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all and make the changes of lifestyle, production and consumption in order to combat global warming, let us pray.

National JPIC Communiqué JPIC
A Call for Canadian Secular Franciscans
“Well4Africa” was born in 2018 at the 3rd European OFS and YouFra Congress, which took place in Lithuania. They united for a common cause: to guarantee a fundamental human right to safe drinking water and to install wells in Africa, starting with specific communities in Uganda, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
They responded to the encouragement of Pope Francis: “…access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water…” (LS, 30).

Your National JPIC Committee is calling on all Secular Franciscans across Canada to join in on this life-saving initiative that saves lives in African communities who can only dream of having clean water the essential gift of creation. Here in Canada, we take it for granted the vast quantities of fresh clean water we have.

                Read 3 Stories That Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Water

Learn more about "Well4Africa"

Expect more information in the near future

Laudato Si'

220. "This conversion calls for … gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works …"
Think of your loved one, think Fair Trade 
You buy flowers as a symbol of life and love. Why not choose flowers that also aim to improve the livelihoods of the people behind the bouquet?
Where can I get Fair Trade flowers in Canada?
LEARN MORE            
Understanding JPIC

The Hope of Jesus  

3.1.3. In Jesus Christ, God reveals His desire to recreate humanity and all creation (cf. Col 1, 15-20). …in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus presents Himself as the one who has been consecrated by the Spirit to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the oppressed and to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and to announce a year of favour from the Lord (cf. Lk 4,16-19). These are signs of the Kingdom. In fact, the mission of Jesus is centred in the proclamation of, and witness to, the Kingdom of God.
        - from Understanding JPIC, 
           by Andrew Conradi ofs.

                              Photo by Sharon  McCutcheon
How Can We Forget?
Remembering the Holocaust 
75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Death Camp
An exploration into the life of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish Christian hero who at 32 years old saved as many as 100,000 Jews from the Nazi death machine in 1944-5 Budapest. Althought this is a short 5 min. trailer it gives a sense of the horror of the holocaust and why we must not forget.
See Andrew's Blog to learn more about the Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp, the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Blessed Franz Jagerstatter and Alfred Stanke.

Also see Andrew's findings
Pope Pius XII’s actions to help persecuted Jews speak far louder than his alleged “silence,” experts say.
Calendars for Lent
You are invited to consider, download & use these two for reflection and action:
 Book Suggestion
of the month
This newly published daily prayer book is compiled especially for Third Order Regular Franciscans but is also perfect for all who wish to explore and live the spirit of St. Francis every day. Easy to start and follow, daily morning and evening readings require a minimum of page turns.

Biblical translations include the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible -- Catholic Edition and Psalms Anew.

Franciscan Morning & Evening Praise (2-volume set)

Created in response to an expressed desire on the part of the English-speaking Third Order Regular Franciscans to have a daily prayer book that is clearly Franciscan in character... Regular use of Franciscan Morning & Evening Praise will offer the brothers and sisters of St. Francis a wide selection of readings from foundational Franciscan writings as well as Clarian and Bonaventurian sources. 

It is used by many Secular Franciscans in Canada and is much appreciated for its Franciscan content and its ease of use. It introduces us to the many Franciscan saints. We have been using it for several years and love.

                   Available through: and Veritas Book Store
Pope's Prayer for February

Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.

We cannot be silent accomplices of the organized criminal phenomenon of human trafficking. Much less can we be protagonists of it, even indirectly.

Faced with those who live off the misfortune of others and who take advantage of their desperation, let us work to overcome the inequalities that make it possible for one person to enslave another.

Reflection: Knock knock, “Who’s there?” This is a familiar format for a children’s riddle. You knock, I ask, you reply. It’s based on a simple action– someone knocks on my door and I ask, “Who is it?”

Is this a stranger? A friend? A criminal? Who is knocking?
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Important dates on the JPIC calendar:
+ February 22 - National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Canada) check link
+ March 6 - World Day of Prayer (for peace and justice).
+ March 8 - International Women's Day (Let's all be each for equal)
+ March 22 - World Water Day (Water and climate change)

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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