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Second Day of Climate Change Novena

Earth Day, April 22 2017 Prayer: Access a copy of the Blue Marble Photo.  You may either use the link for the Blue Marble photo of Earth on the following page, or copy the image provided with it.  Print a … Continue reading

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First Day of Climate Change Novena

First Vespers of Earth Day, April 21 2017 Prayer: We pause and remember that the God Who created us and Who sustains us is never far from us. In God we live and move and have our being. O God, … Continue reading

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Our Common Home: Laudato Sí – Chapter 6: Ecological Education and Spirituality

Pope Francis puts before us “a great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge.” It requires “an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging and of a future to be shared with everyone . . . It will demand that … Continue reading

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Our Common Home: Laudato Sí – Chapter 5: Lines of Approach & Action

Pope Francis offers us a framework for dialogue and consensus building based upon a conviction that our planet is a homeland and that humanity is one people living in a common home. Major paths of dialogue which can help us escape … Continue reading

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Our Common Home: Laudato Sí – Chapter 4: Integral Ecology

Pope Francis reminds us that: When we speak of the “environment,” what we reallymean is the relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. It is essential to seek comprehensive solutions whichconsider the interactions within natural systems … Continue reading

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Our Common Home: Laudato Sí – Chapter 3: Technology, Creativity & Power

Pope Francis reminds us that: “Our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads.” [102] “Technoscience, when well directed, can produce important means of improving the quality of human life.” [103] Creativity and knowledge bring power and the potential for … Continue reading

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Our Common Home: Laudato Sí – Chapter 2: Our Present Reality

Pope Francis reminds us that: “Science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both.” [62] Christians are called to recognize our responsibility within creation; our duty toward nature and the … Continue reading

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