“Do you see the light now?” the Xapori (shamans) of the Yanomami tribe were asking those being initiated after a night passed in purification and preparation. “Do you see the light?” they insisted, as they prayed and sand and danced, their bodies painted and their head adorned with the white plumes of the Royal Eagle. They were seeing tiny brilliant lights descending from heaven, floating like little white feathers which spoke to them.
Archive for Water
It’s not often that a James Bond film comes close to reality, but Ken Homan SJ saw a glimmer of truth in a storyline about political tensions over a water supply. For World Water Day on 22 March, he assesses the global crisis of overconsumption of water and highlights the urgency of a faith response to the challenges that we face.
Fr. Santos Rugel Rivera, SJ (Peru), Nick Napolitano, Keith Vernon and Fr. Winston Rye, SJ (English Canada) pause for a picture outside the corporate headquarters of Ingredion located in Westchester, Illinois prior to a shareholder dialogue with the company on their agricultural business model and the human right to water.
Sunday, March 22, marks World Water Day, a day celebrated annually since 1993 by the United Nations to raise awareness of unequal access to accessible, clean water for consumption, sanitation and daily use. The focus for World Water Day 2015, reflected in the UN World Water Development Report which will be released on March 22, is Water and Sustainable Development.