Third Week of Lent

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March 5, 2021

The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The global economic crises have made painfully obvious the detrimental effects of disregarding our common destiny, which cannot exclude those who come after us. We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity. (Laudito Si, p. 159)

“To embrace the margins is to expand our horizons for we see more clearly and broadly from the edges of society.” (Dare to Dream, p. 126)

Questions for Reflection, Journaling and Sharing 

  • How do I experience the common good? What choices do I make for the common good?
  • Are the margins in my view, within my horizon? How am I challenged by this thought?

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Tercer Semana de Cuaresma

5 de marzo de 2021

La noción del bien común también se extiende a las generaciones futuras.  Las crisis económicas mundiales han puesto de manifiesto los efectos dolorosamente perjudiciales de ignorar nuestro destino común, el cual no puede excluir a los que vendrán después de nosotros.  Ya no podemos hablar del desarrollo sostenible al margen de la solidaridad intergeneracional.  (Laudato Si, p.159)

Abrazar la periferia es expandir nuestros horizontes para ver con mayor claridad y amplitud los márgenes de la sociedad”.  (Soñemos juntos, p.126)

Preguntas para reflexión, llevar un diario y compartir

    •  ¿Cómo experimento el bien común?  ¿Qué decisiones tomo por el bien común?
    •  ¿Están los marginados ante mi vista, dentro de mi horizonte?  ¿Cómo me desafía este pensamiento?

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Illustrations:

  • File Number: HisR3hRLP. Wasps, Chris Tomlin, ©2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Name: HisH3hRLP-Crop. Army Ant Workers (Eciton Burchellii) and Grasshopper (2 Samuel:24), Chris Tomlin, ©2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

3 Comments

  1. Remembering Janice McLaughlin, the Maryknoll sister who found freedom in the struggle for African liberation. Sister Janice died on March 7, 2021. Janice wrote a delightful book entitled Ostriches, Dung Beetles, and Other Spiritual Masters.

    In it, she writes: “There is hardly a more comical sight than the humble dung beetle pushing a ball of dung more than twice its size.” Why does it do this? The ball of dung will be both food and nest for the female’s eggs. She begins her task by fashioning the dung into a perfect sphere so its easier for her to push it to an underground tunnel. After filling her tunnel with balls, she then lays a single egg in each ball. In doing this strenuous work, dung beetles not only insure their own survival, they also help spread countless seeds (which were expelled in the animal droppings) all over the African plain. Sr. Janice has watched dung beetles pushing a ball up a hill, only to have it slip and roll to the bottom. Like Sisyphus in the Greek myth, the dung beetle returns to the bottom and starts all over again, never stopping until she has reached the top. Sister sees the dung beetle as a symbol of perseverance. She writes, “Such perseverance is a reminder that achievement takes effort and persistence.” She cites Jesus’ words, “Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Mt. 24:42-44).

    https://www.melanniesvobodasnd.org/spiritual-advice-from-ostriches-and-dung-beetles/

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  2. Hoy día no podemos separar los problemas ambientales del contexto humano, los problemas familiares, laborales y de la relación de cada persona consigo misma.
    La ecología también supone el cuidado de las riquezas culturales de la humanidad en su sentido más amplio. No tenemos dos crisis, no se puede separar lo ambiental de lo social, es bastante complejo. Para poder resolver, buscar solución a todo esto requerimos de una integración para combatir las injusticias y devolver la dignidad al ser humano. El planeta es una herencia común, tenemos que solidarizarnos con nuestras próximas generaciones.
    Tenemos que generar mayor cuidado por lo que nos rodea y esto nos va a generar un mayor sentido de pertenencia.

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  3. These quotes remind me of the Seventh Generation principle, often attributed to the Iroquois. While it is generally referred to in regards to decisions being made about our energy and natural resources, and ensuring that those decisions are sustainable for seven generations in the future, perhaps it can also be applied to relationships – every decision should result in sustainable relationships seven generations in the future. Again and again we are called to be mindful of our interconnectedness, our interdependence, and now our intergenerational solidarity.

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