"We have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach;
it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment,
so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si', #49)
“The present is not a time for desperation but for hopeful activity.”
(Thomas Berry, CP, “The Meadow Across the Creek,” in The Great Work, 19)
Sant Pastoral Psyonis Haiti: Generation Laudato Si'.
Inspired by Pope’s Francis’ call to take care of our Common Home, our Passionist family in Haiti is empowering Haitian Youth to reflect and articulate their position in the global task of finding harmony with the rest of creation.
Climate and the Passion of the Earth.
Our current globalized world began to come into being in the 19th and 20th centuries. Christians and the Churches struggled to adapt to this new world, no longer primarily rural and agricultural, but increasingly a mass, urban and industrial society. A key aspect of this was integrating the struggle for social justice into our understanding, celebration and practice of our faith, of what it means to love our neighbour, oppose sin and co-operate with God’s grace. We now face an environmental crisis brought on by that urban industrial society.
Waking Up: Conversations about Race for the Passionist Family.
The Passionist Solidarity Network recently offered a six week series of "circle" gatherings for the Passionist Family to engage in conversations about racial justice. Anchored in prayer and the Passionist charism, conversations explored the reality of systemic racial injustice, white privilege, economic disparity, police violence, and how we can move out of our comfort zones into action.