Archive for Laudato Si’ – Response

From carbon challenges to community gardens, living and taking action on Laudato si’

2016_06_30_N&E_Photo1The Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States worked collaboratively to create a listing of how Jesuit ministries responded to Laudato si’ since its release last year).  Jesuit institutions are taking stock of their response to the pope’s rallying cry to care for our common home and every higher education institution in the US is included along with many secondary schools, parishes, and social ministries.

XU holds ecological reflection

bendum3Xavier University organized an inter-university Ecological Reflection to recall and reflect on the generosity of the environment and to help translate our gratitude into concrete actions and interventions that will help sustain our environment.

During the process, we were asked to share our individual refection on re-establishing relationship with nature. The workshop focused on the ‘Laudato Si’ document stressing on “inner peace [as] closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it is reflected in a balanced lifestyle together with a capacity for wonder which takes us to a deeper understanding of life” (par.225).

Strengths and weaknesses of Ignatian spirituality in the path towards ecological conversion

2015_10_31_Reflection_Photo1-1024x768José Ignacio García, SJ

Ecology has become a crucial topic of our time. The present model of economic development based on huge industrialization and the consequent consumerism has become the core of our social life. This model is sustained by other important elements such as technological innovation, the advertising industry, and financial activity. There is no doubt that we live moments of wellbeing unknown until now, and this good reaches a great number of people around the world.

Turkson hopes Laudato Si’ will have impact on Paris climate conference

e8bf64a744eb96586b55e8a6e52ddd81_XLCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Cardinal Peter Turkson, the lead consultant on the papal encyclical on the environment, is hoping the document would have a significant impact on the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

“The world is turning its gaze toward Paris” for the event, which begins Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 11, said the Ghanaian cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. “It is the hope and desire of the Holy See that the guidance of (the encyclical) Laudato Si’ will provide the moral fibre” to enable leaders of the 196 nations taking part in the conference to come to the hard decisions they need to make.