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”

Celebrate Earth Day with these Events

Earth Day is less than three weeks away, falling this year on Friday, April 22nd. Looking for a way to celebrate? I am reminded of what Saint Francis was reported to have said: “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” In other words, actions speak louder than words so why not performContinue reading “Celebrate Earth Day with these Events”

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”

Season of Creation Week 2: Using Less Energy

As I mentioned last week, Pope Francis and leaders of other churches throughout the world, have declared the time between September 1 and October 4 as the Season of Creation. This year, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, issued a historic joint statement which calls on all Christians and theirContinue reading “Season of Creation Week 2: Using Less Energy”

Cardinal Cupich on Laudato Si

Last week I attended the “Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church” conference, held virtually and sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant and Creighton University. The keynote speaker was Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago. This week, I would like to share excerpts from Cardinal Cupich’s keynote speech. Laudato Si’ needs toContinue reading “Cardinal Cupich on Laudato Si”

Earth Day NW Seattle Neighborhood Cleanup

Please join the Saint Francis of Assisi ministry at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Seattle in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 24 and helping to clean up our neighborhood. We will gather in the school parking lot near the North school entrance at 9am, departing at 9:15 for the target of ourContinue reading “Earth Day NW Seattle Neighborhood Cleanup”


Last week I shared a TED Countdown talk where Pope Francis spoke of our moral imperative to act on climate change. Also reciting her poem, Earthrise, at TED Countdown, was poet Amanda Gorman. (You may recall that Amanda recited her poem, The Hill We Climb, at Joe Biden’s inauguration.) These two TED talks, one byContinue reading “Earthrise”

Our Moral Imperative

Pope Francis begins his TED Coundown talk with: The world is shaken by the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which highlights another global challenge: the socio-environmental crisis. And this requires us, all of us, to face a choice. The choice between what matters, and what doesn’t. Let me repeat that: the choice between whatContinue reading “Our Moral Imperative”

Countdown on Climate Change

TED is a conference that features short but powerful talks from scientists, entertainers, teachers, and other thought leaders. Those giving TED talks have included luminaries such as Bill and Melinda Gates, Madeleine Albright, Bono, and many notable speakers.  Countdown is a new global initiative from TED to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The CountdownContinue reading “Countdown on Climate Change”