Fourth Week of Lent

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March 12, 2021

 

Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. Since the world has been given to us, we can no longer view reality in a purely utilitarian way, in which efficiency and productivity are entirely geared to our individual benefit. Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us. (Laudito Si, p. 159)

“…as we commit to those small things, we start to imagine another way of living together, of serving our fellow beloved creatures. We can begin to dream of real change that is possible.”(Dare to Dream, p.20)

Questions for Reflection, Journaling and Sharing 

  • How am I challenged by the thought that intergenerational solidarity is not optional?
  • What dreams do I have for real change?

Please click on Leave a Comment (above) to share your thoughts and reflections.

 

Cuarto Semana de Cuaresma

12 de marzo de 2021

Una vez que empezamos a pensar en la clase de mundo que le dejamos a las generaciones futuras, miramos las cosas de manera diferente; nos damos cuenta de que el mundo es un regalo que hemos recibido gratuitamente y que debemos compartirlo con los demás. Dado que el mundo nos ha sido dado, ya no podemos ver la realidad de una manera puramente utilitaria, en la que la eficiencia y la productividad están enteramente orientadas a nuestro beneficio individual. La solidaridad intergeneracional no es opcional, más bien una cuestión básica de justicia, ya que el mundo que hemos recibido pertenece también a los que nos seguirán. (Laudato Si, p.159)

  “… A medida que nos comprometemos con esas pequeñas cosas, comenzamos a imaginar otra forma de vivir juntos, de servir a nuestros seres queridos.  Podemos empezar a soñar con un cambio real que sera posible.” (Soñemos juntos, p. 20).

 Preguntas para reflexión, llevar un diario y compartir

  •  ¿Cómo me desafía la idea de que la solidaridad intergeneracional no es opcional?
  •  ¿Qué sueños tengo para un cambio real?

Haga clic en ‘Leave a Comment ‘ (arriba) para compartir sus pensamientos y reflexiones.


Illustrations:

  • File Name:  L&R_B1fV-Crop. Black and White Butterfly (Nemoptera bipennis), Chris Tomlin, ©2011, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Number: K1hRBAct19F. Peacock Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, ©2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Name:  HisN2fRLP-Crop. Ringtailed Lemur (lemur catta)( 2 Chronicles:11), Chris Tomlin, ©2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

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  1. I was at prayer the other day when I looked down to see the smallest ant, barely more than a speck, crawling at my feet. I was touched to realize that this little life was created by the same God who created the great mountains and oceans and all the humans of the earth–such complex creations. And yet the love and detail was no less carried within the tiny ant and it seemed intent on whatever purpose it had. Is its purpose any less important than mine? Probably not in the mind of the ant–such a challenge in humility that thought is.

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    1. This is a link to the Elizabeth Johnson presentation. It begins with announcements, followed by a prayer service, and then Beth Johnson’s talk.

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  2. I recently attended a virtual presentation by Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, entitled “Enfolded with Affection: Imagining ‘Us” in Creation. I am challenged and stretched by the topic. We are not the crowning glory of creation, but a mere strand in the expanding web of ecological diversity. Other elements of creation are not for my use, but are my kin.

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