Celebrating Saint Francis

I am writing this on October 4, the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, who incidentally,  our amazing Pope and our care for creation ministry are named after. What an amazing example for us to all follow. Pope Francis, in fact, named his wonderful Laudato Si encyclical after the beginning of Saint Francis’s CanticleContinue reading “Celebrating Saint Francis”

Season of Creation Week 4

We are now in week four of the Season of Creation, that time in the church calendar, where we focus on God’s creation and how we can work to better take care of it. During week 1, I asked you to consider your banking and investments and how your money is being used to workContinue reading “Season of Creation Week 4”

Season of Creation

The 2022 Season of Creation starts this week on September 1st and continues until the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4th. The first day of the season has also been designated as the World Day of Prayer for Creation as Pope Francis proclaimed: Each year, particularly since the publication of the EncyclicalContinue reading “Season of Creation”

Sustainable Investing

Last week I wrote about my excitement at the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act and how important it is that we continue to pressure our leaders to act on climate change and social justice. I also mentioned that the world of finance is another key sector where it’s absolutely necessary to pressure those inContinue reading “Sustainable Investing”

From Legislation to Banking

The Inflation Reduction Act should become law by about the time you read this. And if you care about creation and climate change and haven’t had a chance to read about it: you should. It’s the biggest legislation in US history to answer what Pope Francis refers to as the “cry of the earth” andContinue reading “From Legislation to Banking”

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?”

Thinking about my Dad

On Father’s Day, I was thinking about my dad. My father died nine years ago. Dad was a good Catholic and a political conservative. Our politics did not align very often, but while we might take opposing viewpoints on whether to be tough on crime, raise taxes, lobby for the latest nuclear power plant, andContinue reading “Thinking about my Dad”

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”