Revised October 2021
We are given the peace of Christ in order to be the peace of Christ in our world today. But the peace that flows from the crucified Christ is strikingly different from our customary understandings of peace. We often think of peace as little more than the absence of conflict. Or we equate peace with the fragile tranquility that results when we agree to tolerate most anything or simply leave one another alone. Christ’s peace, however, is defined not by the absence of conflict, but by the presence of a people committed to embodying the reconciling love of God in the world.
Most of our ancestors lived with fewer comforts, less conveniences, and more physical difficulties than we know. Yet there is a general sense that life today is more challenging and difficult than previous generations. Psychological pressures have intensified and spiritual supports have weakened. The stability which comes from noble convictions has crumbled. There is not a place the soul can easily find rest. The disintegration is experienced on so many levels – political, social, ethical, agricultural, educational, religious and economic. We are living in a time of crisis.
Thomas Berry, a Passionist priest and self-described ecologian, suggests we are suffering a crisis in cosmology. He believes our culture desperately needs a new cosmology if we are to survive. It would be simplistic, according to Berry, to conclude that the deterioration of the Earth is due to selfishness or lack of goodwill. We face ecological uncertainty and psychic confusion not because human beings are inherently greedy or evil. Rather, our crisis has been precipitated because humans are living out of inaccurate perceptions of reality. (Photo iStock)
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Passion of the Earth | Wisdom of the Cross
A six part program designed for the Passionist Congregation
The materials for the new program, Passion of the Earth, Wisdom of the Cross have been released and are available on on the Congregation website. The Sessions will be released over the next year in English, Italian and Spanish. The website includes
To view a video of the launch gathering: click here to watch the whole event begins at 5:47; or click here to watch Fr. Joachim's opening remarks; or click here to watch Fr. Joe Mitchell's presentation.
Passionist Engaging Laudato Si' December 2021
This document is for those who are eager to learn more about the Passionist Congregational program being promoted by Fr. Joachim, Passion of the Earth, Wisdom of the Cross, as well as the Dicastery work on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. It was prepared by the HCP Laudato Si’ Vision Fulfillment Team and the Passionist Solidarity Network.
Learning about the Laudato Si' Action Platform
This document is for those who are eager to learn more about the emerging Passionist Congregational program being promoted by Fr. Joachim, Passion of the Earth, Wisdom of the Cross, as well as the Dicastery work on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.
We have created a much fuller list of resources that was selected especially for the Passionist Family. You can download it here. https://tinyurl.com/LSWebliography
December 2, 2021 Passionist Engaging Laudato Si' - Two-province commissioning and inspiring the work of the Laudato Si' Action Platform. The video is here 1'20" with indexed parts
What bell hooks taught a celibate Catholic priest-in-training about racism and feminism by James Martin SJ
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
Read: What bell hooks taught a celibate Catholic priest-in-training about racism and feminism from American Magazine by James Martin SJ
image: Alex Lozupone (Tduk)
I greet you all who are gathered by Zoom platform for this historic and collaborative effort. I am pleased to know of this joint venture as members of the one Passionist family in the United States. You are being proactive to personally and communally commit yourselves in making Laudato Si’ a reality, and in this way, you are taking up your responsibility in the call to integral ecology - a call inspired by the Holy Spirit and taken up by Pope Francis as a “sign of the times” to respond to and act in favour of the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
On December 2, over 80 members of the Passionist Family registered for a special Zoom forum, Passionists' Engage Laudato Si'. The event was a joint gathering from St. Paul of the Cross & Holy Cross Provinces. Its purpose was to introduce and engage our personal and community commitment and responses to the interconnected Cry of Earth and Cry of the Poor in the 21st century.
Provincials, Fr. Joe Moons and Fr. Jim O'Shea began with their own strong encouragement and support for this critical "coming together" as we learned the basics of Laudato Si' and the goals of Action Platform following the leadership of the Congregation and the Catholic Church. We heard from Fr. Don Senior on how strongly rooted the work of integral ecology is with our charism and we were inspired from stories from throughout the province showing how folks are already making the goals of the Laudato Si' Laudato Si' Action Platform a reality. While there is certainly urgency to all this, the platform planning is intended to guide us intentionally over the next seven years. So we roll up our collective sleeves and start the journey one step at a time -- together.
Read Fr. Joachim Rego's letter of encouragement to the gathering
Watch the entire presentation on our YouTube Channel here.