Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pew to Pilgrim - Care for our Common Home

"As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world” (Laudato Si’, 214) which “allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us” (ibid., 85). As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world” (ibid., 230-31)."

One remarkable aspect of Care for Our Common Home is Pope Francis's intensity on the gravity and urgency of this new work of mercy combined with inspiration and encouragement that each one of us can make a difference.

There are many ways to perform this new work of mercy through daily gestures and new ways of living that will help create a better world, now and for the future.

Embracing Pope Francis's guidance on how to practice this new work of mercy calls for to practice both a Spiritual (contemplate) and Corporal (perform) approach. Keep in mind that these are acts of mercy, a way to express your love and caring for all around you.


                                   Spiritual Pew to Pilgrim: This is about Giving, not just Giving Up

The spiritual approach is characterized by an open and inquiring mind, seeking better understanding and prayerful discernment of how you can adopt a new way of caring for our natural resources. What do you know about what is happening to our air & land, to animals & plants, to our water supply? Why is it important - to your own community? to our world? What are ways you can shift from a lifestyle of consumption to a stronger focus of giving and returning? 
Corporal Pew to Pilgrim ideas: This is about Change and Action:

The corporal approach means moving into action. Think about being a critical component in the ecosystem God has give us. What are immediate steps you could take in your daily habits? What ways can you help repair and rejuvenate our natural resources? Think of your responsibility to care every day for the air, water, as a "public trust" and not an entitlement.

This is a daily step-by-step and lifetime journey, starting with an understanding of the harm we have already done to our planet and why it really matters. But individual efforts can and will make a difference, especially when the efforts of one become the cumulative effects of many, all based on a new spiritual focus,

Find ways to change your lifestyle for the future of our planet

Another way to think about this is as a series of levels: Novice, Intermediate and Experienced. This reflects our readiness to act, our initial efforts in changing our habits and shifting destructions and move into a mode of renewal.

Novice - How to Start

The first step in this process is to humbly acknowledge the harm we are doing to the earth through pollution, the scandalous destruction of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, and the destruction of climate change—which seems nearer and more dangerous with each passing year. And to realize that when we hurt the earth, we also hurt the poor, whom God loves without limit” Pope Francis

Intermediate - Move into Action
Experienced - Expand your Impact
Lori Doyle and Gabi Schultz have served as members of the Parish Pastoral Council, active with a variety of Liturgical Ministries as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers, Cathedral Altar Servers and Ministers of Care at Prentice Hospital/NW Hospital. Both parishioners for about 6 years, Lori loves to travel and cook and is a proud mother of her son John, a UM Wolverine. Gabi enjoys trying new restaurants, running, cooking lessons and spending time with friends and family.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

#TBT - A Gift

You might be surprised to find a #TBT quoting Pope Benedict XVI on care for creation. It isn't something usually associated with him. However, in his beautiful encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, he has a whole section speaking to the importance of caring for creation and caring for all our brothers and sisters around the globe.

Take some time today to read sections 48-51 found here

Care for creation is a moral imperative. It is our duty and our obligation as stewards of God and our call to love one another and the common good.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Passages & Prayers - It was very good

Take some time to read through the passage, Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, then return to this reflection. 
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The first story of creation in Genesis 1 reminds us, each step of the way that God looked at all he had created and it was good.

The second story of creation in Genesis 2 reminds us of our core identity and our role as stewards of creation.

Genesis 2 usually doesn't get quite as much attention as the first story. It is a little less dramatic, little less inspiring for artists and storytellers. Yet, we get the core message that we are stewards of God's good work. It is not ours, we did not create it, and we do not have the right to abuse it. God placed it under our care, through our ancestor Adam. 

Stewardship is not something we are too familiar with today. We own things. We rent things. We borrow things. Yet stewardship is none of these. Stewardship is a role that involves caring for the well-being and prosperity of that which belongs to another. It is a sense of responsibility yes, but also passion and devotion. It is a service yet done with honor and dedication.

In this chapter we also have the creation of Eve. God creates Eve from Adam. The two are of one flesh and both are made in the image and likeness of God. Though different, their identity and value are the same - they are beloved children of God. 

Care for our common home means we care for the home of one another. We do so, mindful that all of God's children have a home on this earth. The choices we make affect our brothers and sisters on the other side of the globe. The way we pollute or waste energy has repercussions globally and particularly affects those least able to respond to droughts, floods, heat, cold.

How can you be a more thoughtful, effective steward of creation?

How can you be more mindful in your consumption and its effects?

Jennifer Delvaux
Director of Faith Formation