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Developing A Catholic Ethos: Awakening An Inner Fire For Catholic Ecology. — 7 Comments

  1. This is just a heads up on the website. It may just be me but I can’t figure out why it would be. If I go to http://www.vofoundation.org/blog/ (the home page) the top story is still the giving program article from January 14th.

    Now if I log in I can obviously get to all the newly posted articles. Just something that may need to be looked at as visitors which aren’t members may not be getting the latest articles.

  2. Welp, nm. It was on my end. Something stuck up in the browser history that had locked in a previous state of that webpage and did it across all platforms for my account. Sorry to highjack your article.

    On that note, this was a great post. Insightful and unique. Thank you,

  3. Thank you once more for giving us the opportunity to share our thoughts.

    As you mentioned, Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have written many lines on this subject, and their writings are there for us to meditate on. In fact, you have done a wonderful job, examining and explaining some of those writtings, and I am very grateful for that. I think we should mantain this chain, sharing this insights to more people close to us.

    Besides, in this, as well as in other issues, probably one thing we have to consider as christians is to be sure we have had that “metanoia” to believe in the good news of the Kingdom of God, as we heard from Jesus in the Gospel last Sunday. Have we really changed our mind, or expanded our mind, enough to believe that we can have a kind of relationship with God in which we can be one with Him for the world in which He is yet laboring, including our common home? Somehow, I took this last last reflection from the course The God in Whom We Believe, by Fr. John Randall Sachs, S.J., and It was very helpful for me to realize the great gift and responsability that we have to work in and for the world the way God desires (I hope I have undestood it well).

    The last thought I have about this topic came this morning while I was reading a reflection text for this week in the Prayer Book 2018 -Sacred Space-, of the Irish Jesuits. In a note taken from Heather King we can read: “We followers of Christ did not come to Church striving for efficiency or results… We did not have our political views to offer; we had Christ. We did not have convincing arguments; we had our wounds, our holy longing, our groping in the dark”. Then, in addition to our wounds, our holy longing, our groping in the dark, we have Christ. And we need to work his way. So, we need to continue working without discouragement. We have to continue with hope, and, of course, with the creativity that He gave us and wants us to employ.

    • Thank you for your wonderful insights Carlos! There is little I can add other than a thank you and offer my encouragement to you to continue sharing your thoughts on our blog. It enriches me and all of us to reflect on your thoughts!

  4. Thanks for the thoughtful article, Father James! My own view on these matters is that while church advocacy at the level of governments, political and corporate leaders is indeed important and should continue, there is also great benefit to be had in starting at a smaller and simpler scale, and with the young whose “hearts have not yet been hardened”; I recall that at my Catholic parish and associated primary school in the late 1980s, the Sacred Heart priests and our class teachers were already impressing on we kids the concept of responsible environmental stewardship and (in simple terms) an “ecological theology”, and moving on to high school the Christian Brothers carried a similar message. There was a good deal of practical emphasis on parish and class gardening projects, recycling drives, and sponsorship of environmental restoration projects. I’ve been pleased to observe that even today my current Jesuit parish continues such “greening” outreach to young members, as do the Catholic primary and high schools next door. Impress upon the young and un-jaded the glory and beauty of God’s natural creation, and the happy Christian (and indeed common human) duty that falls to all of us to care for it, and I have faith we will eventually see a future generation of Catholics who will reflexively embrace a theology of ecological stewardship – and may indeed boggle at how their elders could have found such a naturally Christian ethos to be at all objectionable!

    • I am so happy for you Ben! It sound like you have a wonderful foundation to embrace the Church’s teaching for care for creation. Let’s pray that this becomes the norm for all Catholics. Keep sharing your insights on our blog. They’re wonderful!

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