Monthly Archives: June 2016

June 20

Summer Solstice Reflection Today is the beginning of summer. In our hemisphere, earth is becoming its ripest and most lush. It is a time of deeper connection with the four basic elements: fire, water, air and earth. The fire of the sun reaches across 93 million miles to touch our skin, warm the soil, bless the growth of plants and…

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June 19

Reflection Love is our single true and ever-lasting communion in God. It is the one common link that every human has to every other person who has ever lived. “Love each other as I have loved you!” Jesus did not make any exceptions to this central directive; he did not allow prejudices, bigotry, intolerances and hatred to be built into…

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June 18

Reflection The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things. Laudato Si  The contemplative is imbued with the presence of the Sacred in all life and in creation. To have a contemplative view is to be a unifier, to…

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June 17

Reflection  There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history, a growing sense that the way to a better future lies elsewhere. Laudato Si   From our earliest existence on this planet, God has enriched us with everything we need to live as full and joyful human beings. In…

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June 16

Reflection A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. Laudato Si The astronauts of Apollo 8 took a photo that would change the way we see and think about our world. It was an image of Earth -– beautiful; breathtaking; a glowing marble of blue oceans, and green forests, and…

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June 15

Reflection Access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Laudato Si   Water is a precious gift, yet, we have used it and abused it without thought of the consequences to living creatures and the earth. The…

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June14

 Reflection  It is not enough to think of different species merely as potential “resources” to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves. Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost forever. Laudato Si The web…

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June 13

Reflection LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord” This week has been designated as Laudato Si week.  One year ago, in his encyclical, Pope Francis asked the question “What is happening to our common home?” He then called us to consider how our human activities are impacting on climate change, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, decline…

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Laudato Si Anniversary

Laudato Si Anniversary

“LAUDATO SI” ENCYCLICAL Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the environment is a landmark moment for the church and people of faith dedicated to caring for creation. Here’s how to get the message out. CORE MESSAGE The core message is the one essential , brief statement that defines the issue and persuades the audience. In an interview, it should be the first…

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June 12

Reflection Early in the morning, I seek your presence, O God. In the rising of the sun, In the unfolding color and shape of the morning Open my eyes to the mystery of the moment That in every moment of the day I may know your life giving presence. Open my eyes in the moment That in every moment I…

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