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Center of Concern | Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Jordan Waters: Preservation for Sustainable Living

"When human pride explodes, it destroys and exploits nature. Think of water. Water is something precious and very important. Water gives life; it helps us in everything. But to exploit the minerals, which leads to the contamination of water, then messes up the environment and creation is destroyed! This is just an example. There are many more."

—Pope Francis, February 22, 2017

I read this quote from a homily by Pope Francis in which he emphasized our care for the environment. It had an immediate effect upon me as I was visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during a school break. I previously worked in Jordan as the pastor of the English Language parish for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The World Health Organization ranks Jordan among the lowest in the world for water resource availability per capita, with water scarcity becoming a more menacing challenge as the population doubles and climate changes make precipitation more uncertain and variable. In addition, the desert kingdom hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees and displaced persons, creating an enormous strain on a fragile water infrastructure.

Read the rest of Fr. John Predmore, S.J.'s full blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/04/20/jordan-waters-preservation-for-sustainable-living/.

Integral Ecology | Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Can Market Forces Be Aligned with the Vision of Laudato Si’?

Perhaps no environmental challenge calls for more urgent action than climate change. If we are to avoid dangerous climate change, science tells us we must dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the next decades.

Of course, Pope Francis addresses this topic directly in his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’:

"Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day" (Laudato Si’, 25).

I work in the investment industry and know many people who have welcomed Pope Francis’s clear and forceful call for changes in the way we live as a global community and produce and consume goods in order to slow and very quickly reverse the widespread harm to the environment.

We have seen that the goal of maximizing short-term profits far too often has driven business and investment decisions, with little attention to long-term sustainability or impacts to communities, employees, and the environment.

During my time in the field, however, I have seen a change in how business and investors think about their relationships with the people whose lives they touch and the natural environment.

To read the rest of Stu's reflection, click here.

Center of Concern | Wed, Apr 5, 2017

A Daily Photo Journal: Walking the Stations of the Cross Today

This daily Stations of the Cross resource connects the writings of Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., to the realities of injustice in our world today.

"Photographs can powerfully pull us into someone else’s experience. As you use this Photo Journal to reflect during Lent, think about the sorrow, pain, and redemption of Jesus’ Last Day. 
Journey with Him as you walk through the Fifteen Stations of the Cross. Think about the ongoing suffering of those around us. Resolve to help others bear their cross. How do you see Jesus in the faces of the poor, the refugees, the migrants, and the homeless? Do you wipe their faces with compassion and seek to lift them up?"

To view the resource, go to: http://bit.ly/2nXobAT.

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Planting Seeds for the Legacy of Laudato Si’

Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded. I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 13-14

In the wee hours of a June morning in 2015, I awoke at 4 o’clock to begin furiously reading Laudato Si’. As a father with young children, giving up sleep is not a choice I made lightly — I was making a commitment! As I began to sift through the text, I could not help but think about how my three boys, ages three, three, and six at the time, would experience the legacy of this document. How would this collection of words influence a new generation to “care for our common home”? After just a few paragraphs, it was obvious to me that Pope Francis was thinking about this, too.

To read the rest of Chris Kerr's reflection, click here.

Center of Concern | Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Stand with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers

Stand with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers: http://bit.ly/2kCxlPI

We cannot be bystanders.

Education for Justice urges you to pray and take action for the safety of our immigrant and refugee sisters and brothers. We stand in solidarity with all those who are persecuted and pledge our support to those providing sanctuary for our neighbors in need.

Together, let us recommit to being Gospel people by spreading mercy, justice, and peace.

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