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2021 CSA Preached Retreat

Reflecting on Our Common Home

During the week of August 23, 2021, Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, will preach a spiritual retreat focused on a viewing Laudato Si’ from a Biblical perspective.

The retreat sessions will be available on this page and the CSA YouTube channel at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 23 and concluding at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 28. For those wishing to participate at a later date, the recordings will remain available on the CSA YouTube channel and website indefinitely.

“Laudato Si’ - Care for our Common Home” is Pope Francis’ encyclical letter written in 2015 and addressed to “every person living on this planet.” The letter addresses the ecological crisis occurring on our common home, its causes, approaches to halt and reverse destruction, and why we must act.

The retreat takes place one week prior to the ecumenical celebration of the “Season of Creation,” which occurs from September 1 to October 4. The annual celebration brings faith communities together in prayer for our common home, in actions that help creation thrive, and in advocacy for climate justice. CSA will offer occasional emails throughout the month to provide ideas on ways to celebrate the Season of Creation. Those interested in receiving the emails can sign-up by emailing Tracy Abler, Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Coordinator for CSA, at tabler@csasisters.org.

 

Session 1

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 1
Originally presented live on August 23, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.

During this session, Sister Dianne, CSA, invites us to explore faith and spirituality using a metaphorical lens. Metaphors help us understand the profound. When we apply a metaphorical lens to our spiritual perspective, we open ourselves to new understandings and allow our thoughts and beliefs to expand.

Resources referenced (click the titles to read original sources)
Laudato Si'
God So Loved the Cosmos – But Do We?, Los Angeles, CA: Marymount Institute Press & Tsehai Books, 2017. 
The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis, Lynn White. 1967. Science 155: 1203-1207 
Canticle of the Sun

Session 2

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 2
Originally presented live on August 23, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.

During this session, Sister Dianne examines St. Francis' Canticle of the Sun with an eye focused on the three themes of Laudato Si': Anthropocentrism, Interconnectedness, and Interdependence. By avoiding radical anthropocentrism in his prayer, St. Francis helps us understand that all of creation has intrinsic value regardless of what it does for human beings and we recognize that we cannot separate ourselves from the natural word; we too are fruits of the Earth.

Resources referenced (click the titles to read original sources)
Laudato Si'
God So Loved the Cosmos – But Do We?, Los Angeles, CA: Marymount Institute Press & Tsehai Books, 2017. 
Canticle of the Sun

Session 3

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 3
Originally presented live on August 24, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.

During this session, Sister Dianne invites us to explore the concept of "Image of God" and the stories and metaphors of Genesis 1 that help us understand it. We are left with the reassurance that we are not what we thought we were and, thankfully, don't have to be.

Resources referenced (click the titles to read original sources)
Laudato Si'
God So Loved the Cosmos – But Do We?, Los Angeles, CA: Marymount Institute Press & Tsehai Books, 2017. 
Canticle of the Sun

Session 4

Due to unexpected equipment malfunction, the audio for this recording has numerous flaws. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope it does not greatly impact from your retreat experience. Closed captions are being updated to ensure accuracy, but may currently have flaws.

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 4
Originally presented live on August 24, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.

Sister Dianne continues her exploration of the "Image of God" metaphor and looks at ancient Israel's understanding of kings. She also addresses the phrase "subdue and have dominion" from Genesis 1 and explores how Paul's interpretation in his letter to the Romans can help us understand our role as God's "ambassadors."

Session 5

Due to unexpected equipment malfunction, the audio for this recording has numerous flaws. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope it does not greatly impact from your retreat experience. Closed captions are being updated to ensure accuracy, but may currently have flaws.

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 5
Originally presented live on August 25, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.

During this session, Sister Dianne leads us in a deep dive of the second creation metaphor presented in the Bible, found in Genesis 2. Reviewing the biases present in our translation from the original Hebrew text, she illustrates how the beauty and symmetry of Hebrew poetry is vital to understanding of the oneness of all of God's creations.

 

Resources referenced:
The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story by Brian Swimme
Canticle of the Sun
Laudato Si'
The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis, Lynn White. 1967. Science 155: 1203-1207

Please note: There has been a scheduling change for the live presentation of the retreat which will mean that Session 6 will not be available until 3 p.m., August 26.

Session 6

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 6
Originally presented live on August 25, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.
Sister Dianne jumps ahead in Genesis to the story of the flood and God's covenant with Noah and his descendants. We explore the idea of controlling an "unruly sea" as a way to identify the Creator God and our willingness to trust in God's power through difficult and tragic times.

Session 7

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 7
Originally presented live on August 25, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.
In this session, Sister Dianne helps us understand the historical context for the Sabbath. We are called to stifle our productivity and to allow everything to rest. Why? As a reminder that God is in charge.

Resources Referenced: 
Evangelii gaudium; the 2013 apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis
 

 

Session 8

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 8
Originally presented live on August 26, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.

During this session, Sister Dianne dives into the concept of interdependence. We explore how our interconnectedness naturally flows into interdependence by exploring words from the prophet Hosea and applying them to our current everyday behaviors.

Please note: Sister Dianne clarifies some remarks in the video at the beginning of Session 9.

Resources Referenced:
The House That Jack Built - https://allnurseryrhymes.com/this-is-the-house-that-jack-built/

 

Session 10

Spiritual Retreat: Reflecting on Our Common Home
Presented by Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Session 10
Originally presented live on August 27, 2021 in the CSA Motherhouse in Fond du Lac, WI.

During the final retreat session, Sister Dianne discusses ecological education and spirituality and reminds of the importance of moderation in consumption and anthropomorphism. We need both of them to survive, but they become problematic when taken to extreme or radical lengths.

 

Resources referenced:

Canticle of the Sun - Plus a few newly written verses it inspired for Sister Dianne
Laudato Si'
Prayers to an Evolutionary God by William Cleary

 

 

Pray With a Sister

The general public is invited to call
920-907-2300
on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. Central Time to join with a sister in prayer during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

Your name and number will be collected and a sister will call you back momentarily to pray with you privately.

2021 Upcoming Prayer Dates:

December 1

Prayer Request
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The Sisters of St. Agnes have always practiced the directive in their Constitutions which states, "we remember in our prayers the needs of the universal church and all peoples, living and dead."

The daily ministry of our retired sisters includes offering prayer and suffering for the intentions of others and they invite viewers to submit their petitions.

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