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”

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”

No human is illegal

Pope Francis recently traveled to Greece where he gave a speech about the treatment of migrants. The pandemic has had a global impact; it has made us realize that we are all on the same boat; it has made us experience what it means to have identical fears. We have come to understand that theContinue reading “No human is illegal”

Pope Francis Persists in His Pestering

On October 16, Pope Francis spoke to the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements. This meeting brings together the Vatican and the representatives of a number of groups across the globe who stand up for the rights of the poor and excluded. Our Holy Father’s message was so frank and poignant that for a fewContinue reading “Pope Francis Persists in His Pestering”

Pope Francis Says He Makes a Pest of Himself

On October 16, Pope Francis spoke to the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements. This meeting brings together the Vatican and the representatives of a number of groups across the globe who stand up for the rights of the poor and excluded. Our Holy Father’s message was so frank and poignant that for the nextContinue reading “Pope Francis Says He Makes a Pest of Himself”

Five reasons why Catholics should care about COP26

At the end of this month, the 26th iteration of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties or COP26 will commence in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference, which lasts two weeks, starts on October 31 and ends on November 12. Brian Roewe of the National Catholic Reporter recently wrote an excellent article entitled “5 reasonsContinue reading “Five reasons why Catholics should care about COP26”

Season of Creation

September marks the end of summer and back to school. September also marks the start of the Season of Creation. September 1st is also the World Day of Prayer for Creation as Pope Francis has proclaimed: Each year, particularly since the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’, the first day of September is celebrated byContinue reading “Season of Creation”

A prayer for our earth

This week, I would like to offer a prayer that Pope Francis included at the end of his Laudato Si encyclical (tinyurl.com/ReadLaudatoSi): A prayer for our earth. All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universeand in the smallest of your creatures.You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.Pour out upon us the power ofContinue reading “A prayer for our earth”