Also check out our expansive pages for Laudato Si' work here.
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
As the United States, North America celebrated another Independence Day on July 4th it is understandable (and encouraged) to pause and ask more existential questions. Globally, what is "independence" and for whom and from what? And most broadly, can we also see ourselves as part of an "evolving Universe, where the Cosmos too, is our home" Mary Evelyn Tucker, scholar, friend of Passionist Thomas Berry and cofounder of the Yale Center of Religion and Ecology urges us to appreciate the bigger picture and the broadest sense of interdependence--one that Berry describes where "The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects."
Mary Evelyn has thoughts on another timely and related area: democracy. She says "the spiritual roots of democracy lie in the aspiration that we can move through this period to reassert interdependence and interconnection in ways that are both ancient and new, simultaneously ecologically and economically viable, and, most critical, politically and socially imperative."
We surely see this aspiration in Laudato Si' which calls for an integral ecology and "combines the 'cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.' In this spirit, mutually enhancing human-Earth relations need to be based on environmental justice and social participation." This is a basis for an expanded spirit of democracy and interdependence.
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That is why someone said at a recent meeting (on Zoom of course) that we are not working to protect the planet “in order to maintain the lifestyle that we have” but to “create a system and a society where it is possible to live with integrity”.
The human race needs to live in the green space in the ‘donut’, above the social floor or ‘foundation’, but within environmental limits or ‘ceiling’
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The Laudato Si' Vision Fulfillment Team has been busy working to engage Holy Cross Province following the call of Pope Francis to create a culture of sustainability, care of the earth and integral ecology for all. Team Co-Chair, Lissa Rommel sent the following reflection as part of an update for the province. The PSN is a strong supporter of this initiative and urges everyone in the North American Passionist Family to dig deeply into the beauty and powerful call of Laudato Si'.
"...the beautiful thing is, we, as a Passionist family, are already in motion, already responding to Pope Francis’s call to “hear the cry of the Earth” and the 'cry of the poor.' From the rain garden at St. Paul of the Cross in Detroit to the food ministry at Mater Dolorosa in California to the Waking Up Conversations on Race on Zoom, we have been engaged in reading the 'signs of the times' and actively birthing together what the Laudato Si’ Anniversary website describes as 'a new way of living together, bonded together in love, compassion and solidarity, and a more harmonious relationship with the natural world' and each other.
"This ultimately is the charge of Laudato Si’—from the Pope, from the General, and from our Provincial. To remain rooted in the love of Christ crucified. To be prophets of this love. From this, all action flows. ... And we, on the Laudato Si’ Vision Fulfillment Team, offer ourselves as yeast and a resource for the Passionist family, individually and collectively, to meet this charge—and are grateful for the opportunity." Read Lissa's full reflection here.
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"A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products. They prove successful in changing the way businesses operate, forcing them to consider their environmental footprint and their patterns of production. When social pressure affects their earnings, businesses clearly have to find ways to produce differently. This shows us the great need for a sense of social responsibility on the part of consumers. “Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act”. Today, in a word, “the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our lifestyle”. (Laudato Si' 206)
An international grassroots effort beginning to develop and grow is called the Glasgow Agreement. The Agreement believes that genuine "people power" will create the political and economic will to make the changes needed to save the planet and her people. The climate justice movement "cannot be stopped by the global narrative of institutional impotence."
The framework for this movement is defined as a "social and political demand that advocates for the redistribution of power, knowledge and wellbeing. It proposes a new notion of prosperity within natural limits and just resource distribution, advocating for a true connection between traditional and westernized knowledge systems. It calls for a public and participatory science to address the needs of humanity and of the earth, principally to stop the climate crisis."
Question: How can we heal our integral ecology as individuals or small groups in the face of international inaction and corporate resistance?