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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members. On August 5, 2021, we archived old blog posts. You can find the archive by clicking here.


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Pope Francis is calling for an ecological conversion for all who live on this planet through his encyclical, Laudado Si’.  Hence, throughout the Season of Creation, we will be introducing the seven goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform into our daily reflections. This week we focus on:

GOAL#5:
ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION

 

GOAL#6:
ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY

 
Image of the seven Laudato Si' Goals with the 3rd and 4th goal highlighted

Goal #5 is about re-thinking and re-designing curricular and institutional reform in the spirit of integral ecology in order to foster ecological awareness and transformative action. .
Goal #6 recovers a religious vision of God's creation and encourages greater contact with the natural world in a spirit of wonder, praise, joy, and gratitude.

Each day provides you with an opportunity to See, Reflect, and Act.

To help you "See" the signs of our times,
we provide a relevant resource to read.

To supplement as you "Reflect" on the text,
we provide a relevant quotation from Laudato Si'.

To inspire you to "Act" in the world,
we share a relevant action that CSA has taken.

Finally, we will provide a daily Intercession to remind you that you are not doing this difficult work alone.

 

If you prefer to receive the details for the whole week in one email please send email to Tracy Abler at table@csasisters.org

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Season of Creation: Sept 24

September 24, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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As described by the USCCB, Ecological Spirituality begins, as any spirituality must, but authenticating moral practice. A serious spirituality begins with a deep conversion from callous tearing of whatever we want from earth to a caring stewardship. In the distant past, human technological capacity and the tools available allowed us to make the earth more fruitful, but there was no capacity to inflict lasting damage to the balance of nature.

To help us find a beautiful balance of technology and nature, the Laudato Si Movement offers a Laudato Si Chaplet. “The Laudato Si Chaplet is a simple prayer technique to pray with creation, inspired by the Canticle of the Creatures of St Francis of Assisi.”

Read the Laudato Si' Chaplet

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“Technology has remedied countless evils which used to harm and limit human beings. How can we not feel gratitude and appreciation for this progress, especially in the fields of medicine, engineering and communications? How could we not acknowledge the work of many scientists and engineers who have provided alternatives to make development sustainable?”
- Laudato Si' 102

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Staying the Fray Retreat Logo

ACT

In the late summer of 2020, in the midst of the COVID pandemic as people across the world were adapting to new realities, a new normal in an immense slow down, many turned to technology as a way to connect with each other. CSA also adapted to use of new technologies. "Staying in the Fray of Life" was a five-session, CSA preached virtual retreat, which granted many hope and encouragement, and fed the desire to deepen their relationship with God. Sessions offered prayer, handouts for further reflection, and opportunities for spiritual guidance. These sessions continue to be available on the CSA You Tube channel.

Session 1 - Priming the Pump
Session 2 - Saying "Yes" to God: Loss and Surrender
Session 3 - It's All in the Attitude
Session 4 - Changing our Hearts: CONVERSION
Session 5 - The Immune System of the Human Spirit

View the Full Playlist

 

INTERCESSION

That all advances of technological development be accompanied by a development in human responsibility, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 23

September 23, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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In the Genesis Creation story, God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." God created human beings; God created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. God created them male and female.

God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” [Gen 1:26-28]

What does it mean to be created in the “image of God?” As part of her spiritual retreat this fall, Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, explored that very concept at the responsibilities that come with it.

View the Full Playlist

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“We are not God. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us. This allows us to respond to the charge that Judaeo-Christian thinking, on the basis of the Genesis account which grants man “dominion” over the earth (cf. Gen 1:28), has encouraged the unbridled exploitation of nature by painting him as domineering and destructive by nature. This is not a correct interpretation of the Bible as understood by the Church. Although it is true that we Christians have at times incorrectly interpreted the Scriptures, nowadays we must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures.”
- Laudato Si' 67

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Prairie on CSA land

ACT

CSA is committed to being stewards of Earth and the congregation’s property, which includes three stream channels running down the Niagara Escarpment west, 112 acres of agricultural lands, 15 acres of prairie/meadow lands, and 13 acres of forested wetlands. Throughout the region this same stewardship is illustrated by Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC). GLC is celebrating 25 years of fulfilling their mission to permanently preserve and protect land and water resources for future generations.

Learn More about Glacial Lakes Conservancy

 

INTERCESSION

That permanently preserving Earth be an extra incentive for all of us as we face the consequences of climate change, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 22

September 22, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The idea for the first Earth Day was that of Senator Gaylord Nelson, then junior senator from Wisconsin, who had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States. Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. He announced the idea for a teach-in on college campuses to the national media and persuaded others to join him. They choose April 22, a weekday falling between Spring Break and final exams, to maximize the greatest student participation.

Read More at earthday.org

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“Nowadays, for example, we are conscious of the disproportionate and unruly growth of many cities, which have become unhealthy to live in, not only because of pollution caused by toxic emissions but also as a result of urban chaos, poor transportation, and visual pollution and noise. Many cities are huge, inefficient structures, excessively wasteful of energy and water. Neighborhoods, even those recently built, are congested, chaotic and lacking in sufficient green space. We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.”
- Laudato Si' 44

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Earth Fair 2017

ACT

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes has been offering the community Earth Day celebrations for many years, in the form of festivals, fairs, and prayer services. The last two years, we have participated in virtual prayer services planned by LCWR 9 Legislative Network. Collaboration with others has always been central to our environmental justice work. It is a special time to work with the students of St. Mary Springs and Marian University, local officials, interfaith groups, health care providers, and environmental organizations, including groups like Wisconsin Green Muslims, who apply Islamic environmental justice teachings in daily life and form coalitions with others working toward a just, healthy, peaceful and sustainable future. “There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you…” (The Qur’an, 6:38)

Learn More about Interfaith Climate Action Week

 

INTERCESSION

That political campaigns will educate the people of all nations to the seriousness of the issues facing the world community and call forth a strong commitment to care for our common home, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 21 - International Day of Peace

September 21, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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The United Nations 2021 theme for International Day of Peace is Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World. "We must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.
In Laudato Si', Pope Francis calls us to undergo an ecological conversion. But what is an ecological conversion? Laudato Si' Movement, formerly Global Catholic Climate Movement, defines ecological conversion as "the transformation of hearts and minds toward greater love of God, each other, and creation. It is a process of acknowledging our contribution to the social and ecological crisis and acting in ways that nurture communion: healing and renewing our common home." 
Ecological conversion was first used in the Catholic Church by St. John Paul II during his papacy on January 17, 2001. The Laudato Si' Movement provides background and greater context in their article “What is an ecological conversion?”

What is "Ecological Conversion?"

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Education highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“...we must examine our lives and acknowledge the ways in which we have harmed God's creation through our actions and our failure to act. We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart.”
- Laudato Si' 218

Read Laudato Si’

 

Sisters reading wall

ACT

Laudato Si' Movement has over 8,000 certified Animators, 800+ member organizations, and dozens of Chapters active on six continents working hard every day to bring Laudato Si' to life. To date, three CSA Sisters have received in-depth online Laudato Si' Animator training and certification and have been inspiring our community to care for creation. To certify an animator's training, one must submit a capstone project. Last week we learned of the "How Does your Garden Grow" initiative. 
Today we get a glimpse of another animator project - an art wall in the Motherhouse dining room, in which entries such as poetry, artwork, photos, book reviews, news articles, prayers, scripture, history items, and testimony to how Sisters personally hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of those most affected by climate change have been accumulating since the start of the Season of Creation.

Sister Rose Sisters Jean, Dolores, and Mark Sister Lucy

Interested in being among the next certified Laudato Si' Animators? Sign up for the free Laudato Si’ Animator training course that will help you understand the root causes of the climate crisis and give you the tools you need to lead your community in bringing Laudato Si’ to life.

Learn about Laudato Si' Animator Training

 

INTERCESSION

That this day be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through nonviolence and cease fire, and may we all be inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to transform our world into one more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 20

September 20, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. This 4-minute video summarizes the Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Pope Francis' Laudato Si'.

Print a Copy of the Canticle of the Sun

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Education highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.”
- Laudato Si' 1

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Canticle of the Sun images

ACT

For those who like the feel of a real book in their hands, The CSA JPIC Library has a small but mighty collection of books, videos and magazines, including a handful on environmental education. A current list can be found on the JPIC website and is updated regularly. Anyone wishing to borrow from, or donate to, the library can contact tabler@csasisters.org

Read the List of JPIC Resources

 

INTERCESSION

For the creativity, global solidarity, and courage to address the global ecological and social crises resulting from destructive climate change effectively, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

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