Is it a sin if we don’t help to reduce climate change?

Want to be part of St John’s climate change group? Please join us online for the next meeting of the Saint Francis of Assisi ministry on Tues, July 19 at 5:30. Contact us for a Zoom invite. A listener named Laurie from Kentucky, asked Sisters Maxine Kollasch and Shannon Shrine on their Ask Sister podcastContinue reading “Is it a sin if we don’t help to reduce climate change?”

Back to Basics: Reading Laudato Si

I wrote the first Laudato Si in Action article 3 years ago in May of 2019 and to celebrate that milestone as well as Laudato Si week, which is celebrated this year during the week of May 22, I thought I would write this week about the genesis of this column: Pope Francis’ encyclical, LaudatoContinue reading “Back to Basics: Reading Laudato Si”

Experiencing an Ecological Conversion

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis, invites to experience an ecological conversion: We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart…it entails gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works…It also entails a loving awareness thatContinue reading “Experiencing an Ecological Conversion”

How will you prepare for Lent?

We are all familiar with the traditional Catholic practices of praying, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent. We may pray more, pray with different intentions, eat less or give up a favorite food or drink. We give more to our parish and other charities. These are all good practices for the Lenten season, but you mightContinue reading “How will you prepare for Lent?”

The U.S. Bishops and Climate Change

In an article published this past week (, National Catholic Reporter’s Mary Jo McConahay tells us now would be a good moment for “U.S. Catholic bishops to write a public letter to the faithful supporting the urgency for action to fight man-made climate change.” The upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow is setting the stage andContinue reading “The U.S. Bishops and Climate Change”

Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Monday, October 11th was Indigenous Peoples Day. In the introduction of Laudato Si, Pope Francis shares: We require a new and universal solidarity. As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated: “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation”. All of us can cooperate as instrumentsContinue reading “Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples”

Season of Creation Week 4: Ditch the Plastic

We are in the fourth week of the Season of Creation. Last week the theme was using “eat for the planet”; this week the theme is “From Single-use to Multi-use.” So why is plastic such a big deal if you recycle your plastic? Well, first there is the carbon footprint of manufacturing plastic. Hint: itContinue reading “Season of Creation Week 4: Ditch the Plastic”

Season of Creation Week 3: Eat for the Planet

We are in the third week of the Season of Creation which ends on October 4. Last week the theme was using less energy; this week the theme is “Eat for the Planet”.  Each day we make constant decisions which can impact our personal carbon footprints. Food is a significant part of our individual andContinue reading “Season of Creation Week 3: Eat for the Planet”

A Reality Check from the IPCC

Created by the UN and the Meteorological Organization in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC was created to provide the world’s policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change. Last week, the IPCC released its Sixth Assessment Report.  Some highlights of the report include: It is unequivocal that human influence has warmedContinue reading “A Reality Check from the IPCC”