Explore Scripture quotes from the appropriate Sunday in the light of various Earth concerns: Water, Air, Soil, Species and Ecosystems, and Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ (also on its own page). As people of faith, we want to respond not only to Jesus’ suffering and death, but also to the suffering and death within creation, where God lives and acts, and we are part of a united whole: our home.
Whatever the aspect of creation being highlighted, participants reflect on excerpts from each Sunday’s Scripture readings in the light of our place in the Universe Story and the presence of the divine within it from the beginning — and within us, as we respond to the threats to Earth’s gifts. Meetings include silence, prayer, input, discussion, action suggestions, and socializing.
Three options are available for 2018:
Lent 2018: Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource
Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource 2018 – 16 sides – complete
Lent 2018: Creation Covenant: (Species and Ecosystems)
creation.covenant.2018 – 14 sides – English version, complete
La_Alianza_de_la_Creacion – 12 sides – Use Spanish version, 2015
Lent 2018: To Breathe Its Praise (Air)
Lent2018.ToBreatheItsPraise(Air) – 16 sides – complete
Lent 2019: Spirituality of Soil
Lent2016.Soil – 15 sides — to be updated
Lent 2020: I Thirst (Water)
lent-2017-i-thirst-17 – 13 sides — to be updated
Tengo Sed – 14 sides — Please use this 2014 version.
Unsolicited comments about these reflections:
See National Catholic Reporter’s EcoCatholic article about I Thirst: http://ncronline.org/node/71901.
Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, Rome: The SHCJ Sisters have excellent resources on Soil, Water, Air . . . .
Jim Schaal, Zygon Center for Religion and Science: This wonderful Lenten resource is thoughtfully conceived, helpfully organized, and attractively illustrated, and I am moved by the blending of Christian tradition, interfaith perspectives, and scientific content . . . .
Theresa Dabulis, Sisters of St. Casmir: [It] is absolutely beautiful, inspirational, practical, and a wonderful way to raise our own consciousness. As a community we are trying to get sisters involved in faith sharing groups, and this will be a wonderful tool.
Jim Konold: Thank you for adding new perspectives to my life and for how you amazingly were able to tie it all into our faith . . . .
Debbie Kern: . . . ultimately [I chose] this group because it’s not just about me. Rather, it’s about taking care of creation for future generations . . . I was in this group last Lent and just loved being with like-minded people who express their feelings . . . and what we can do to help our world . . . .