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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.
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Season of Creation: Oct. 1
The Season of Creation ends Monday, October 4th. This is also the day we celebrate the Feast of St Francis. Saint Francis of Assisi was born in 1181 or 1182 in Assisi Italy and died October 3, 1226. He is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. He founded the Franciscan orders, including the Poor Clares and the lay Third Order.He and St. Catherine of Siena are the patron saints of Italy, and he is also the patron saint of ecology and of animals. The current Holy Father, chose his namesake because he is “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.” The teachings of St. Francis were the inspiration to Pope Francis' second encyclical, Laudato Si' (praise be to you), in 2015.
CSA will offer a
Feast of St. Francis Virtual Prayer Service on
Monday, October 4 at 1 pm CDT.
This will be recorded and shared for those who cannot attend the live Zoom presentation. Watch your email for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join us.
As we conclude the Season of Creation, we will begin a time of prayer for 40 days. Like Jesus in the wilderness, we approach this time with questions and wonder as to God's plan for us. We might even be tempted to revert back to old wasteful habits, an anthropocentric mindset, or lose our focus on the common good, but we must prayerfully ask for our hearts and minds to be changed by all that we have learned, and celebrated, during this Season of Creation.
“The fact is that contemporary man has not been trained to use power well because our immense technological development has not been accompanied by a development in human responsibility, values and conscience.”
That we not be tempted to hold onto old wasteful habits, an anthropocentric mindset, or lose our focus on the common good, we pray.