Celebration of a life that exemplified loving and caring for all of Creation
With a mixture of regret and fond remembrances we bid Dr. John Dorner goodbye. John has been called home to his place in heaven. The light of his smile and the warmth of his love for all life will continue to glow in our hearts as we carry on the work that he so passionately and generously began.
In this issue of Laudato Si’ Dialogues we share an expansive number of activities, reflections, and faith led advocacy campaigns. There are so many, in fact, that we’ll forego a story in favour of sharing the great news of so much going on!
All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements, and talents. LS 14
While reflecting on the gospel of Friday, November 18th, the same day the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) was scheduled to close, parallels became apparent.
“My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” LK 19:45-48
“My house shall be a house of prayer.” Indigenous Peoples understand this in the beauty, abundance and inherent goodness of all creation, the fullness of the natural world all around us, of which we are a part. By embracing Laudato Si’ many more are reminded that our faith understands this too; that the great gift of a planet full of life is sacred, in all aspects, and we as part of it are sacred too.
“But you have made it a den of thieves.” If we consider Mother Earth as the home Jesus might also have been referring to, then today the powers that drive endless consumer culture and who thwart efforts to share the wealth gained from exploiting the jewels of creation at the expense of those who have lived harmoniously with it are modern day thieves on a global scale. The influence of oil and gas industry lobbyists, and their financial supporters were very visible at COP27 as they worked to weaken efforts to name the primary cause of the climate crisis. Those thieves are stealing the lives of so many creatures and humans now, and are stealing our collective futures for the sake of profit and greed.
The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in this world and overcome every form of evil. Injustice is not invincible. LS 74
But people of faith are finding ways to steer us back to healthy relations with our planet home and with each other. We are finding ways to speak universal truths in the halls of power...
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“Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy” Ps 96:12
“During this Season of Creation, let us pray that COP27 and COP15 can serve to unite the human family (Laudato Si', 13) in effectively confronting the double crisis of climate change and the reduction of biodiversity. Mindful of the exhortation of Saint Paul to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep (cf. Rom 12:15), let us weep with the anguished plea of creation. Let us hear that plea and respond to it with deeds, so that we and future generations can continue to rejoice in creation’s sweet song of life and hope.”
-Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Sept. 1, 2022, Pope Francis