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Caring for our Common Home

Collaborate, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation

Reality - how things stand

Creation today is crying out as never before, labouring to be set free (Romans 8). Today’s environmental crisis is impacting in a particular way on the poor and vulnerable. Action is needed urgently by Christians and by all people of good will. Whole nations and peoples need an ecological conversion if we are to be honest custodians of this wonderful planet. We can still change the course of history.

God's Dream

Our faith is one that wants creation to be cherished and renewed. A whole new way of living opens up as a consequence of a personal and passionate relationship with Jesus. We get the grace to transcend ourselves (Laudato Si’, 208). We get new strength to care for others and for creation (LS, 217). We can live with a new horizon, embracing Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom of God, of a renewed and transformed world and ecosystem where we are all brothers and sisters, responsible to each other.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.”
Genesis 1:31

Our Response

At this vital time in our world’s history, the Society of Jesus commits itself to answer this call of our Creator over the next ten years. In particular

Our centres of higher learning want to identify areas where they can make a difference and contribute to a change of mind and heart.

Our social centres will study root causes, collaborating with the Higher Education sector and with others who share our concerns.

Schools can make sure that new generations are made aware and can integrate this issue with their faith.

Spiritual and pastoral centres, parishes and chaplaincies can work together to highlight awareness of God’s call in this area.

 

Take Action

• Listen to God calling through this prayer.

• Take responsibility – recycle trash, don’t waste energy and water, buy eco-friendly products.

• Support pro-ecological agenda.

• Learn more about ecological issues at EcoJesuits.

• Inspire others by sharing this site with your friends.

Canticle of the Creatures – Saint Francis of Assisi

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, all honor,
and all blessing.
To you, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.
All praise be yours, my Lord,
through all you have made,
and first my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day;
and through whom you give us light.
How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor;
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
All Praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars; in the heavens you have made them,
bright, and precious, and fair.
All praise be yours, my Lord,
through Brothers wind and air, and fair and stormy,
all the weather's moods,
by which you cherish all that you have made.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you brighten up the night.
How beautiful is he, how cheerful!
Full of power and strength.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through our Sister
Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers
and herbs.
All praise be yours, my Lord,
through those who grant pardon for love of you;
through those who endure sickness and trial.
Happy are those who endure in peace,
By You, Most High, they will be crowned.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,
From whose embrace no mortal can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing your will!
The second death can do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks
And serve him with great humility.

Genesis Chapter 1

“And God saw that it was good”.

Pope Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens, 1971, 21

“Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation”

Patriarch Bartholemew, quoted in Laudato Si’, 8

“For human beings... to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins”

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    • Listen to God calling through this prayer.

    • Take responsibility – recycle trash, don’t waste energy and water, buy eco-friendly products.

    • Support pro-ecological agenda.

    • Learn more about ecological issues at EcoJesuits.

    • Inspire others by sharing this site with your friends.

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    Genesis Chapter 1

    “And God saw that it was good”.

    Pope Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens, 1971, 21

    “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation”

    Patriarch Bartholemew, quoted in Laudato Si’, 8

    “For human beings... to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins”

    Canticle of the Creatures – Saint Francis of Assisi

    Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
    all praise is yours, all glory, all honor,
    and all blessing.
    To you, alone, Most High, do they belong.
    No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.
    All praise be yours, my Lord,
    through all you have made,
    and first my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day;
    and through whom you give us light.
    How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor;
    Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
    All Praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon
    and the stars; in the heavens you have made them,
    bright, and precious, and fair.
    All praise be yours, my Lord,
    through Brothers wind and air, and fair and stormy,
    all the weather's moods,
    by which you cherish all that you have made.
    All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
    so useful, humble, precious and pure.
    All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
    through whom you brighten up the night.
    How beautiful is he, how cheerful!
    Full of power and strength.
    All praise be yours, my Lord, through our Sister
    Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us,
    and produces various fruits with colored flowers
    and herbs.
    All praise be yours, my Lord,
    through those who grant pardon for love of you;
    through those who endure sickness and trial.
    Happy are those who endure in peace,
    By You, Most High, they will be crowned.
    All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,
    From whose embrace no mortal can escape.
    Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
    Happy those she finds doing your will!
    The second death can do them no harm.
    Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks
    And serve him with great humility.

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