In today’s world where countless organisms have been destroyed or are under threat, the cross of Christ reveals God’s redemptive co-suffering with creation in all its complexity, struggle and pain.
All is connected. This concept, examined at length in Laudato Si, is critically important to Catholics and all people who seek to address the crises gripping our world without abandoning our humanity.
We as human beings, throughout the world, are faced with a problem that should be causing each of us to search inside ourselves and ask “am I responsible for someone’s loss of dignity?”
Pope Francis, in “Envisioning and engendering an Open World,” presents a world where we move beyond the original fault of self-centeredness to recognizing the worth of every human person.
Laudato Si’ provides a roadmap for navigating the very uncertain times in which we find ourselves today. We are facing an ecological crisis which is both a profound moral and cultural crisis.
Since the publication of Laudato Si in May 2015, several faith-based groups have initiated projects intended to support work in ecological conservation, environmental activism, and advocacy for climate justice.
In Part 2, I ask us to reflect on how practicing contemplative awareness, attitude and intention and comprehensive compassion are important aspects of Vincentian-Setonian collaboration.
My reflections come from many years of working in collaboration but as I write this it is with two non-Vincentian groups, with whom we Sisters of Charity of New York currently collaborate that are uppermost in my mind. Part 1
Laudato Si describes the integral relationship the many crises facing our world share.
“We need a conversion which includes everyone since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”
We need to look not only at housing those already on the street, but also at addressing the root reasons that people become homeless in the first place.
Several groups of the Vincentian Marian Youth of Portugal mobilized to send funds to the International Vincentian Family for Lebanon.