Beyond Laudato Si

Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness. The problem is … More Beyond Laudato Si

The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor

A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. A true ecological debt exists, particularly between the global north and south, connected to commercial imbalances with effects on … More The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor

Jubilee for the Earth

Jubilee for the Earth is the theme of the 2020 Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation, celebrated by Christians of all traditions. The season begins September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint … More Jubilee for the Earth

Good News about the Environment

Every day the headlines feature ways in which the U. S. government is attacking the environment, whether it’s climate, fossil fuel extraction, endangered wildlife, or hungry people around the world. The news can be overwhelming and discouraging. However, this week I received a calendar from an environmental law group (www.earthjustice.org) in which each page features … More Good News about the Environment

Global Warming

Yesterday, I ventured out to reconnect with the non-human created world at one of my favorite nearby gardens. I was reminded viscerally of how hot it has been in Florida this summer. We usually get 90° temperatures for weeks but this year there are fewer afternoon rains to cool the evenings. It seems as though … More Global Warming

Sugar Maples

I grew up in New England where each spring the maple trees dripped sap to be made into that clear, brown, sweet treat that we poured over ice cream and pancakes. At least once a year, Mom would take us to a maple sugar house to watch the process of making maple syrup and to … More Sugar Maples