The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22)
Formation: systemic change reflections
What can we learn about being chang agents from imitating God’s model of bringing about a change in our ways of thinking?
We must think of the bigger picture beyond and own immediate needs and even beyond first aid measures as important as they are.
Listening to “A Daring Prudence,” Fr. Robert Maloney’s overview of the development of the Vincentian Family, evoked metaphors from photography.
“Search out more than ever, with boldness, humility, and skill, the causes of poverty and encourage short and long term solutions. adaptable and effective concrete solutions.” St. John Paul II
Reading our “declaration of independence” can serve as an examination of conscience on the struggles in living out this declaration over the two and a half centuries since then.
It is all too easy to fall into the trap of sharing bad news. Rather… let’s SHARE GOOD NEWS! Affirm it, publicize it when we see it!
Have you ever walked past a homeless person lying on his back on the sidewalk? Did it stir up any mixed feelings? Maria Shriver shares an incident in her life.
“Everybody wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes.”
One of the big challenges many of us face is not only to think beyond ourselves. We also need to change the way we think about how we serve the needs of our sisters and brothers.
System leaders focus on creating the conditions that can produce change and that can eventually cause change to be self-sustaining.
An idea worth imitating! EnerCasa Co-op has come up with an idea of harvesting energy from mall shoppers who stop by to pedal on a stationary bicycle, giving electricity to local non-profit organizations.