THE STORY – We are today’s John the Baptist, spread the JOY!
There is Joy in the Presence of Jesus, artwork by Rebecca Brogan
As this week begins with Gaudete Sunday, I can’t help but contemplate how we, who are working to bring Laudato Si’ into our lives and society, mirror characters in the gospel about Saint John the Baptist.
Like the multitude who went out to be baptized by John, full of joyous anticipation for the coming of the Messiah, we ask what must we do to bring to bear the good fruit of repentance and welcome Jesus?
We are also like John the Baptist, voices crying out in the wilderness of our communities that a new day is dawning. Like John, we rejoice in knowing Christ is present in our world. We know the promise of His redeeming grace. We know with the Holy Spirit, He is still here, speaking eloquently to us through nature, through our fellow human beings, through the very depths of our own concerns and desires.
Our joy springs from knowing that we have enormous support from Pope Francis to continue spreading the message of an intricately interconnected world. He reminds us “The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.” LS 13
Rejoice! Christ is with us!
FREE Registration for MLSM Canada Ontario Roundtables
Ontario Roundtables begin in January! Join this free online facilitated space to make connections, build community and find support with other MLSM Canada members living in Ontario. MLSM Canada members and Laudato Si’ Animators living in Ontario are invited to register for both Roundtables, but may also register for just one of them. When you register for a Roundtable you automatically become an MLSM Canada member if you are not already one. The first Roundtable is introductory while the second Roundtable focuses more on deepening ecological spirituality as well as sharing on challenges and strategies.
Ontario Roundtable #1: Wed. Jan. 19th at 7:00 pm EST; 6:00 pm CST
Ontario Roundtable #2: Wed. Mar. 30th at 7:00 pm EST; 6:00 pm CST
Information and Registration: MLSM Canada Ontario Roundtables
Contact: Roundtables coordinator Karen Van Loon [email protected]
THE STORY – A new name and living our mission on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Its official! We are now Mouvement Laudato Si’ Movement – Canada (MLSM Canada). Our new name reflects our aspiration for a bilingual organization, in line with the name change of our parent movement. In Canada, we work in partnership with allies, the Laudato Si’ Movement (LSM), and Catholics across Canada in order to respond to Pope Francis' urgent call for social, political, and ecological transformation and to animate the insights articulated in Laudato Si’ and other Catholic social teachings. We seek to ignite, inspire, and grow as a community of persons and institutions on a journey of integral ecological conversion, and that acts courageously to care for our common home.
Dr. Lorna Gold writes about the decisions leading to international movement’s name change and expanded mission. “We are broadening our mission to include ecological justice. This broader vision requires a system change which starts with a change of heart. Achieving ecological justice is a call to first recognise the injustice is manifold and includes injustice against those in poverty, those who have done least to cause the problems, those yet to be born, those protecting ancestral lands from ecological devastation, and non-human species. This means continuing the long traditions of many Catholic organisations, and joining with youth in prophetic advocacy. It means speaking truth to power and working tirelessly to ensure that we do everything we can to enable a transition to a liveable future that is just.Read more
THE STORY – Laudato Si’ Week Highlights and Season of Creation Planning
Laudato Si’ Week, 2021, was an intense week of activities, announcements and learning opportunities. Of special note to highlight is the GCCM launch of the Healthy People Healthy Planet petition. Individuals are encouraged to sign and share the petition, and there is a separate signature category for Catholic organizations wishing to take a leadership role in amplifying the petition. Signatures will be delivered to global leaders at the COP 15 Biodiversity Conference in October and the COP 26 Climate Change Conference in November. https://thecatholicpetition.org/Read more
FREE registration for #LiveLaudatoSi Learning Webinar: In Solidarity with MigrantsRead more
Faith & the Common Good (FCG) is a national, interfaith charitable network dedicated to supporting diverse faith and spiritual communities contribute to greener, healthier, more resilient neighbourhoods. The Global Catholic Climate Movement – Canada chapter (GCCM Canada), a program of FCG, hosts an interactive website, offers educational webinars, and connects members through quarterly newsletters for the advancement of values expressed by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’: on care for our common home. GCCM Canada is initiating the Catholic Eco-Investment Accelerator, a one year undertaking to encourage Catholic institutions, organizations and private investors to follow Pope Francis’ call for a shift to an Ecological Economy.Read more
“Advent is an incessant call to hope: it reminds us that God is present in history to lead it to its ultimate end, which is the Lord Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis, Nov 29, 2020.
Advent is also the season of anticipation and preparation. We at GCCM Canada are filled with all of these feelings this year! But the strongest of these is hope, and that comes directly from you!Read more
Over 100 people registered for our Season of Creation webinar A JUST TRANSITION.
Thank you for participating! Read more about key take-away messages from both presentations and find resources that will support your efforts to address the Laudato Si’ Action Platform Goals.Read more
In celebration of the SEASON OF CREATION, September 1 - October 4
“In the present condition of global society, where injustices abound and growing numbers of people are deprived of basic human rights and considered expendable, the principle of the common good immediately becomes a summons to solidarity and a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters.” LS 178
Date: September 16, 2020, 1:30 (EDT)
Location: On-line webinar
Contact: Agnes Richard · [email protected]
Thank-You for joining us for the Women of Faith - Eco-Leaders Webinar on May 20, 2020.
Check out the link to the recording, slides, as well as a pdf of resources and Agnes Richard's intro script.
Stay tuned for more webinars in the future!