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?”

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”

Greta Thunberg

It’s difficult to point to a single global leader on the climate. Al Gore, former vice president of the US was one of the early climate leaders and continues to lead on the climate. Catholics (and quite a few non-Catholics, I might add), look to Pope Francis for leadership on the climate, especially due toContinue reading “Greta Thunberg”

Laudato Si Week

Happy Laudato Si Week! Laudato Si is the title of Pope Francis’ powerful and moving encyclical on climate change and climate justice that was released 6 years ago. The title is taken from the phrase “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” or” Praise be to you, my Lord” from the third stanza of Saint Francis of Assisi’sContinue reading “Laudato Si Week”

Are you Idling on Climate Action?

How often do you idle your car’s engine? That is, sit in your car before departing and run the engine to warm the car up in the winter, or perhaps to cool down the car in the summer. Or perhaps you sit in your car after you’ve arrived and take a few minutes to catchContinue reading “Are you Idling on Climate Action?”

A Buying Fast

The Global Catholic Climate Movement ( has released its Lenten Calendar 2021 that is focused on concrete actions we can take each week to improve the planet as well as ourselves.  Lent is a time of preparation for Easter and the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. During this time of fasting and renewal, we willContinue reading “A Buying Fast”