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:

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.

Center of Concern | Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Education for Justice Presents 2017 Lenten Reflections by Dr. Megan McKenna

Creative Voice Dr. Megan McKenna, renowned theololgian and storyteller, draws upon scripture, oral tradition, and Catholic social teaching (CST) for EFJ's 2017 Lenten Reflections. For each week of Lent, Dr. McKenna weaves together the principles of the common good found in CST. Together, they begin to meld into one deeper theme of Lent: the process of Jesus forming his Community of Beloved Disciples.

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Integral Ecology | Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Laudato Sí: A Gift for a New Era

Laudato Sí is Pope Francis’s gift to the world in order to make a new beginning in this most urgent and dramatic hour of history. He makes a powerful statement that we do not have the right to continue imperiously to contaminate and ruin God’s work.

Laudato  is a beautiful gift because it invites us to develop a new way of looking, to see God’s creation as a work of God’s gratuitous and merciful love. If we really believe that we are created in the image and likeness of God, then we can express this deep respect, care, and reverence for all the beings of creation – not so much as resources in relation to our human interests – but rather as creatures of God’s love, and deserving of our love, too, in acknowledgment that “every creature has its own value and significance” (76). God creates as an act of love so that “every creature is thus the object of the Father’s tenderness, who [sic] gives it its place in the world. Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, and in its few seconds of existence, God enfolds it with his affection” (77).

To read the rest of María Laura's blog in English and Spanish, click here.

Education for Justice | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

A Daily Photo Journal: Remembrance of the Little Ones for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On January 15, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, begin using this daily photo journal for one week to reflect on the lived experience of children who are migrants and refugees.

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Center of Concern | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Refugees and Migrants - Are They Part of Our Common Good?

On January 15, 2017, the Catholic Church observes the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This year, Pope Francis focuses on refugee children, who are often unaccompanied, vulnerable, and voiceless. Integral Voice Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of International Catholic Migration Commission based in Geneva, Switzerland, offers his thoughts on the reactions to Laudato Si and the crying need to promote civil and political love for migrants and refugees in our world today.

Click here to read Monsignor Vitillo's reflection on Center of Concern's Integral Voices blog.