Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Las siete metas de la Plataforma de Acción Laudato Si

Quizá has escuchado o leído sobre las las siete metas de la Laudato Si, aquí un pequeño resumen de lo que significa.

  1. La Respuesta al Clamor de los Pobres es una llamada a promover la eco-justicia, conscientes de que estamos llamadas a proteger todas las formas de vida en la Tierra. Las acciones podrían incluir el apoyo a iniciativas para acabar con la trata de personas, el acompañamiento a personas mayores, personas viviendo con discapacidades, migrantes y familias de desaparecidos, la asistencia a la niñez en guarderías cuyas madres con bajos ingresos tienen que trabajar, etc.
  2. La Respuesta al Clamor de la Tierra es una llamada a proteger nuestra casa común para el bienestar de todo el planeta. Las acciones podrían incluir la promoción de un mayor uso de energías renovables limpias y la reducción de combustibles fósiles para lograr la neutralidad de carbono, los esfuerzos para proteger y promover la biodiversidad, el apoyo a políticas que garanticen el acceso al agua potable, etc.
  3. La Adopción de Estilos de Vida Sostenibles se fundamenta en la idea de la solidaridad y el fomento de la sobriedad en el uso de los recursos y la energía. Las acciones podrían incluir la participación en proyectos ecológicos urbanos, el fomento de la eliminación del plástico de un solo uso, la adopción de una dieta más basada en vegetales, el apoyo a personas que deseen implementar huertos familiares/comunitarios, etc.
  4. La Economía Ecológica reconoce que la economía es un subsistema de la sociedad humana. Las acciones podrían incluir la promoción de cooperativas en comunidades indígenas, la producción sostenible, el comercio justo, el consumo ético, las inversiones éticas, la desinversión en combustibles fósiles y en cualquier actividad económica perjudicial para el planeta y las personas, la inversión en energías renovables, etc.
  5. La Educación Ecológica consiste en repensar para fomentar la conciencia ecológica y la acción transformadora. Las acciones podrían incluir la asistencia a pacientes con medicina alternativa, la promoción de valores del cuidado de la Creación, el soporte a proyectos educativos con enfoque ecológico, etc.
  6. La Espiritualidad Ecológica surge de una profunda conversión ecológica y nos ayuda a "descubrir a Dios en todas las cosas". Las acciones podrían incluir oraciones sobre ecología integral, promoción de celebraciones litúrgicas basadas en el cuidado, desarrollo de retiros, catequesis y programas de formación ecológicos, etc.
  7. El Empoderamiento y la Resiliencia de la Comunidad prevén un camino sinodal de compromiso comunitario y acción participativa a varios niveles. Las acciones podrían incluir la promoción de la incidencia y la concienciación sobre la fracturación hidráulica (fracking), el fomento del arraigo en el territorio local y los ecosistemas vecinales, posturas públicas contra los sistemas injustos, etc.

The seven goals of the Laudato Si Action Platform

You may have read or heard about the seven goals of Laudato Si, here is a synopsis of what they mean.

1.     The Response to the Cry of the Poor is a call to promote eco-justice, aware that we are called to defend all forms of life on Earth. Actions could include supporting initiatives to end human trafficking, accompanying the elderly, people with disabilities, migrants and families of missing persons, assisting children in day care centers whose low-income mothers have to work, etc.

2.     The Response to the Cry of the Earth is a call to protect our common home for the wellbeing of all. Actions could include promoting greater use of clean renewable energies and reducing fossil fuels to achieve carbon neutrality, efforts to protect and promote biodiversity, supporting policies that guarantee access to clean water for all, etc.

3.     The Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles is grounded in the idea of solidarity and promoting sobriety in the use of resources and energy. Actions could include participating in urban eco-projects, encouraging the elimination of single-use plastic, adopting a more plant-based diet, supporting people wishing to implement family/community gardens, etc.

4.     Ecological Economics acknowledges that the economy is a sub-system of human society. Actions could include the promotion of cooperatives in indigenous communities, sustainable production, fair trade, ethical consumption, ethical investments, divestment from fossil fuels and any economic activity harmful to the planet and people, investment in renewable energies, etc.

5.     Ecological Education is about re-thinking in order to foster ecological awareness and transformative action. Actions could include assistance to patients with alternative medicine, promotion of values of care for creation, promotion of eco-friendly projects, etc.

6.     Ecological Spirituality springs from a profound ecological conversion and helps us to “discover God in all things.” Actions could include prayers on integral ecology, promoting creation-based liturgical celebrations, developing ecological retreats, catechesis, and formation programs, etc.

7.     Community resilience and empowerment envisage a synodal journey of community engagement and participatory action at various levels. Actions could include promoting advocacy and awareness of fracking, fostering rootedness in local territory and neighborhood ecosystems, taking a stand against unfair systems, etc.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Laudato Si Animators Formation for Youth

San Antonio Laudato Si Animators conducting workshops in Parishes or your communities:  send an email to laudatosisacircle@gmail.com to participate or know more information.

From February 5 - March 25, we are conducting Gospel and Laudato Si Integration workshops in St. Timothy Parish, join us through Zoom meeting with details below.  More importantly, if you are youth or young adults, we encourage you more.

Our first class on February 5 joyously commenced with food followed by icebreaker about fruit, introduction on topic about Laudato Si, the encyclical of Pope Francis, Theology of Creation, and the Integral Ecology.  The participants had a glimpse of how God love the creation not only human beings.  This love is our calling as human beings to love the whole creation.  

Our second class on February 12 was celebrated with sustainability in mind with the topic "The Climate and the Environment".  The formators Frances and Sister Marylou made sure that there will least amount of trash by using real fork, spoons, plates, glasses, and table napkins.   We had macaroni and cheese on the instant pot, home-baked cookies, sandwiches, and fresh strawberries.  We also had water dispenser to encourage the youth to refill their glasses. It will take time to stay away from bad habits, but you know what, our youth are on their way.  We had Thomas who is an environmentalist, and who joined us in zoom from College Station and our regular online participant Carmen from out of state.  

We fashioned ourselves to be the plants, animals, and other parts of creation with a ball of string in our hands.  We identified our connections with each other, and we ended up our strings tangled up.  This is what the ecology is about, that our lives, lives of other creatures, and environment are interconnected.  In our session, we all saw what is happening in Texas in terms of the environment given the number of oil refineries here, plastics pollution in landfill and oceans, and the toxins from agrobusiness.  We can do so much this lent by being green in our actions and lifestyle.  By developing a good ecologically conscious habit, we are becoming one with nature where the plants are our sister, the animals are our sister, the mother nature is our sister, and etc.  When we value something as our sister or brother, we give importance and dignity to such.
 

On our third class, February 19, the Zoom Meeting details are provided below.  Our topic will be about The Ecological Justice. In this workshop session, we are going to discuss whether individual solution is enough.  What is the importance of getting connected to a community of the same cause.  We are also going to talk about systemic solution.  We will encourage our youth to think about their project so that they can animate or concretize the care for our common home.


https://christushealthvideo.zoom.us/j/97107458835?pwd=bEEray8zTGgvYTBybVY1VnlmS0syUT09

Password: (email me for password = laudatosisacircle@gmail.com)

Meeting ID: 971 0745 8835


Thank you to our sponsor simpleecology in etsy for providing us a free item which will be given away in the coming weeks once available.  Visit them SimpleEcology - Etsy


See you in zoom or in St. Timothy.


For those in parishes and universities, Laudato Si Texas Chapter is running a contest.  See below for more information:





Monday, February 5, 2024

Oración Bilingüe Virtual

Este jueves 8 de febrero es la Jornada Mundial de Oración y Reflexión contra la Trata de Personas. Unidas a nuestra iglesia y a todas las personas de buena voluntad, te invitamos a orar juntas a las 6:30 p.m. (Hora Cd. de México, México) y a las 7:30 p.m. (Hora Chimbote-Lima, Perú).  Sí, rezaremos en unidad desde una oración bilingüe

Nos encantaría que participes activamente asegurándote que tengas contigo algunos símbolos que honren y te conecten con los elementos de tierra, aire, fuego, agua y metal.  

Únete a la oración virtual haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace: https://christushealthvideo.zoom.us/j/91347266460

 

Muchísimas gracias por considerar unirte a este espacio de encuentro y oración. Y como señala el tema de este año para la jornada mundial de oración: caminar por la dignidad es reconocer que todo está interrelacionado y que la explotación de las personas no puede abordarse sin una relación respetuosa con toda la creación.




Online Bilingual Prayer

This February 8 is the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking. Together with our church and all people of good will, we invite you to pray together at 6:30 p.m. (Central time).  Yes, we will pray in unity using a bilingual prayer. We would love for you to actively participate by making sure you have with you some symbols that honor and connect you to the elements of earth, air, fire, water, and metal.  

Join the online bilingual prayer by clicking in the following link: https://christushealthvideo.zoom.us/j/91347266460
 
Thank you so much for considering joining us in this space of encounter and prayer. And as this year's theme for the World Day of Prayer points out:  journeying for dignity is to recognize that everything is interrelated, and that the exploitation of people cannot be addressed without a respectful relationship with all of creation.



 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Justice that builds peace

"With the Incarnation, God dwells in this world. Certainly, there is still injustice, pain, war, organized crime, insecurity, but this world is inhabited by God. God continues to inspire desires to love; there are mothers nursing their children, people expressing love, supportive hands, individuals seeking justice and building peace, caretakers of creation, and families searching for their missing loved ones. People remain interested in the progress of humanity. We say "Merry Christmas" because we can live in the confidence that God still believes in humanity, not leaving it orphaned - His Son is one of us. He dwells in this world and has the ability to illuminate it." - Pepe Magaña, SJ


I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. It's hard to believe. I've been back in Mexico for a little over a year, collaborating with Father Salvador López Mora, a member of the Urban Pastoral team (founded by Father Benjamín Bravo). Salvador and I have worked together in various periods since 1990. This time, we are focusing on urban pastoral care and supporting families with missing relatives.

As you probably know from international news, the disappearance crisis continues to be part of a broader pattern of criminal violence driven by a plague of organized crime, involvement/support, or acquiescence of state actors in criminal activities. On average, one person disappears every hour. Disappearances often occur with the direct or indirect involvement of government agents. The context of impunity in Mexico has significantly contributed to the disappearance crisis.

My current pastoral ministry has led me to reconnect with parents of missing persons whom I knew ten years ago. Disillusioned by the lack of action, sensitivity, and empathy from authorities, the endless delays in the justice system, and questioning the credibility of their missing relatives, they have organized into collectives and taken to the streets to raise awareness and advocate for change. Family collectives such as United Forces for Our Disappeared (FUNDEC in Spanish), Uniting Hopes, and Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC in Spanish) search for their loved ones in channels, rivers, fields, and mountainous areas across many parts of the country. Currently, it is estimated that around 200 collectives are operating and collaborating across different regions of the country.

So, I joined the Eje de Iglesias (Churches Axis), National Search Brigade. The Churches Axis National Search Brigade is ecumenical. We are a team from various faith traditions and spiritualities: Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Quaker, Mennonite, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Covenant. This ministry is also supported by members of religious congregations: Missionary Carmelites of Saint Teresa, Society of Jesus, Sisters of Jesus and Mary, Incarnate Word, Passionists, etc. We are committed to accompanying families searching for their missing relatives from a perspective of faith and peace-building.

Additionally, we are part of the National Network of Family Collectives in search of missing relatives.
Currently, more than 130,000 people have been missing since 1962. Moreover, from January 2007 to April 2023, Mexican authorities reported the discovery of 5,698 clandestine graves nationwide. The map of anonymous graves highlights one of the criminals' favored tactics in these times of the war on drugs and organized crime: "disappearing" individuals, concealing their death and fate. Faced with this reality, alongside collective leaders and supportive individuals like us in the Churches Axis National Search Brigade, we seek to prevent violence, raise awareness, and maximize the impact and search capabilities of collectives.


Let's continue seeking the justice that builds peace; let's remain caretakers of the common home; let's stay committed to the progress of humanity.

Paz y bien,
Miriam Bannon, CCVI




Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Justicia que construye la paz

"Con la Encarnación, Dios habita este mundo; ciertamente sigue habiendo injusticia, dolor, guerra, crimen organizado, inseguridad, pero este mundo está habitado por Dios; Dios sigue suscitando deseos de amar, hay madres que siguen amamantando a sus hijos, personas que se aman, manos solidarias, gente que busca la justicia y que construye la paz, cuidadoras y cuidadores de la creación, madres y familiares que buscan a sus familiares desaparecidos, personas que siguen interesados en el avance de la humanidad, de todos. Decimos «¡Feliz Navidad!» porque podemos vivir en la confianza de que Dios sigue creyendo en la humanidad, que no la deja huérfana -su Hijo es uno de nosotros-, que Él habita este mundo y que tiene la capacidad de iluminarlo." Pepe Magaña, SJ.

Espero que este saludo te encuentre con buena salud y de buen ánimo. Es difícil de creer. Ya tengo un poco más de un año de regreso a México y colaborando con el P. Salvador López Mora, miembro del equipo de Pastoral Urbana (fundado por el fallecido P. Benjamín Bravo). Salvador y yo hemos trabajado juntos en varias tandas de años desde 1990. Esta vez, estamos con el enfoque de la pastoral urbana y el acompañamiento de las familias de familiares desaparecidos.

Como seguramente sabes por las noticias internacionales, la crisis de desapariciones sigue siendo parte de un patrón más amplio de violencia criminal impulsada por una plaga de crimen organizado, participación/apoyo o aquiescencia de actores estatales en actividades criminales. En promedio, una persona desaparece cada hora. Las desapariciones ocurren frecuentemente con la participación directa e indirecta de agentes gubernamentales. El contexto de impunidad en México ha contribuido en gran medida a la crisis de desapariciones.

Mi actual ministerio pastoral me ha llevado a re-conectarme con papás y mamás de personas desaparecidas que conocía desde hace diez años. Ellos, desilusionados por la falta de acción, sensibilidad y empatía de las autoridades, de las interminables demoras en el sistema de justicia y el cuestionamiento de la credibilidad de sus familiares desaparecidos, se han organizado en colectivos y han salido a las calles para generar conciencia y abogar por un cambio. Colectivos de familiares, como Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos (FUNDEC), Uniendo Esperanzas y Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos (CADHAC) buscan sus seres queridos en canales, ríos, campos y zonas montañosas de muchas partes del país. Actualmente se calcula que hay unos 200 colectivos operando y trabajando en red entre sí en diferentes partes del país.


El Eje Iglesias Brigada Nacional de Búsqueda es ecuménico. Somos un equipo que proviene de diversas tradiciones de fe y espiritualidades: católica, anglicana, bautista, cuáquera, menonita, presbiteriana, metodista y del Pacto. Este ministerio tambien es acompañado por miembros de congregaciones religiosas: Carmelitas Misioneras de Santa Teresa, Compañía de Jesús, Hermanas de Jesús María, Verbo Encarnado, Pasionistas, etc. Estamos comprometidas a acompañar a las familias que buscan a sus familiares desaparecidos desde una perspectiva de fe y de construcción de paz. Asimismo, formamos parte de la Red Nacional de Colectivos de familias en búsqueda de familiares desaparecidos.

Actualmente, más de 130.000 personas han sido desaparecidas desde 1962. Además, desde enero de 2007 hasta abril de 2023, las autoridades mexicanas han informado del descubrimiento de 5,698 fosas clandestinas en todo el país. El mapa de las fosas anónimas ilumina una de las tácticas favoritas de los criminales en estos tiempos de guerra contra el narcotráfico y el crimen organizado: “desaparecer” personas, ocultando su muerte y su suerte. Ante esta realidad, junto con líderes de colectivos y personas solidarias en Eje Iglesias Brigada Nacional de Búsqueda, buscamos prevenir la violencia, generar conciencia y maximizar el impacto y la capacidad de búsqueda e impacto de los colectivos.

Sigamos buscando la justicia que construye la paz; sigamos siendo cuidadoras y cuidadores de la casa común; permanezcamos comprometidas en el avance de la humanidad.


Paz y bien, 

Miriam Banon, CCVI 

Coordinadora JPIC-México


Lo que hacemos de un vistazo…





Thursday, January 25, 2024

Courses in Care of Creation

An invitation to learn and participate in concrete ways in solving the global ecological crisis:

1. Registration Open / Online Course on Integral Ecology - Pontifical Gregorian University (unigre.it)

2. Animators - Laudato Si Animators

3. Course | Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home | edX

4. San Antonio Laudato Si Animators conducting workshops in Parishes or your communities:  send an email to laudatosisacircle@gmail.com to participate or know more information.

From Feb 5 - Mar 25, we will have Gospel and Laudato Si Integration in St. Timothy Parish, join us through Zoom Meeting.  More importantly, if you are youth or young adults, we encourage you more.

February 5 Only:
https://christushealthvideo.zoom.us/j/94326436989?pwd=cSs5anZtNS9rUFArTWNlVWEzUWtsUT09

Password: 686459
Meeting ID: 943 2643 6989

It is a time that we take conscious effort in becoming more aware of our part in caring for the whole creation.  Without loving the nature, we will not be able to love everyone.  We are part of the nature. Wars, gun-violence, domestic violence, trafficking, pollution, consumerism, and other unresponsible behavior are only symptoms of our inability to love.   Let us start by taking the first step which is awareness.  Enroll in the above courses and take charge of what present and future you would like to have, for your children and children's children.

This is the time to be truly alive and be one in creation.  Laudato Si, Mi Signore! 

Thank you and have a blessed day.



Friday, January 5, 2024

Welcoming the New Year with Hopes and Dreams

A New Year is a great time to recall and to be renewed.  We have been blessed every day with gifts and graces which could be through the basic necessities we continue to have, well-being, associations, ministries, formal and informal education, etc.  However, there are places where this is not the case.  As human beings, we are capable of using our gifts which can lead to constructive or destructive paths.  We have chosen and continue to make choices that affect our lives, our families, our communities, our society, and our world.

How are you today?  How is your world today?  Where are we heading as a human family?  These are the questions that we can ponder if we want to live, if we want our brothers and sisters to live as much as we enjoy our blessings in life.  We do not live for the sake of living but we live as part of a family, a society, and part of the world.  We are invited to take part of being truly “alive” and being truly “human.”    

New war in Gaza and Israel, on-going war in Ukraine and Russia, climate change, 24 lives are challenged by death-row executions, human trafficking, on-going border and migrant crisis, gun violence, and all the other political divisions in United States.  Some of you ask, is there any good news?  Some of you stopped watching television news.  Can people ever come to a place where our mind can reach the intellectual level and resolve our differences through peaceful deliberations and healthy conversations?  Can we stop to ponder like Mary did when the shepherds came, when the three wise men came, etc.?  What can we change within ourselves to become a better contributor to peace rather than a contributor to disorder and violence?


We certainly cannot stop all evils.  We need a Divine Intervention.  God respects human will.  The Divine is calling us to use our senses.  Otherwise, the Divine will not be “divine” but a dictator, a robot manufacturer commanding us what to do.  We can just be all robots with a command center. However, we are not robots. We are human beings who are capable of making decisions.


Mark 10:51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”


We need good formation and good association to know what is good, be good and to do good.  The question is am I participating in any evil (e.g. provoking someone, using violent words, coercing someone into an action, etc.). If you are aware of any evil, are you taking actions in ending any of those evil whether through counselling, advocacies, education, healing, policies, or pastoral work?  

United States has been a melting pot of ideas, scientists, and liberation.   Amidst the divisions faced by the citizens of this country, this is still a place where we have freedom of speech and usually have safety.   The question is what is right?  Sometimes, the truth can be manipulated by people and organizations surrounding us.  This is when discerning the truth is important.  When you know what is true, beautiful, and good, then you are one step closer to discerning the next action.  


There are hundreds of thousands of people walking in caravan towards the border while the United States border patrol have encountered 2.5 million migrants at the border in 2023.  People are walking thousands of miles to United States, thinking that United States can provide solution to their lives seriously affected by lack of jobs, infrastructure, safety, and security.  Do we have all of these for the citizens of this country?  How can United States provide these solutions to the migrants fleeing here when a lot of people are also homeless which according to Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are about 582,462 people (18 out of 10,000) with 28% of these have families with children?  


In places where we find people who have unmet expectations whether due to their employment status, being trafficked, homeless, being brainwashed and coerced to do something, drugs, alcohol, there is certainly a lot of help that each and everyone in the society can provide.  Resources must be made available, advocated, and promoted for the betterment of the well-being of the individual and in essence the justice, and peace for the society.  Education can provide skills to the people who are unemployed while mental support, physical healing, and social support are some key resources to journey with the people who are on the streets. 


I have met a lot of them.  Some I interviewed.  Some I have served food.  Some I have referred to Catholic institutions and others to non-profit organizations.  There are a lot of reasons why they are there: some are migrants, some have abused drugs, some lives changed from being employed to being addicted to drugs and then to prostitution and homelessness, some have alcoholism, some have run away from home due to trafficking, etc.  How can the education happen for people who do not know the resources?  There is a work that needs to be done, an outreach to provide the connections.  There are resources, but there is an influx of people not knowing where to go, what to do, and not yet ready to be helped.  There are also cases, when evil perpetuates, when we do not do anything about it, knowing that as human being, we can be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering and can participate in making change and transformation possible.  Jesus did this.  He was eating and drinking with what his time called “sinners.”  He wanted the people to get to know him, to get to know love.  While he revoked those in authorities that they were not doing what they were supposed to do (Matt 23:1-7). 


So, what are we looking forward to this New Year?  It will be an exaggeration to say that this year will be the time that all the world problems to be solved overnight but there is a space for improvement with human efforts, and miracle and graces beyond impossible by God's grace.  We are  looking forward to collaboration in working towards a society where there are better policies and laws for gun safety, the people are more aware of climate impact of human-centered activities or functions degrading the state of the environment leading to a more God-centric and more ecologically-conscious living, people are more aware of spotting human trafficking and thus, more innocent lives can be saved from traffickers if not eradicated therefore creating more trafficked-free cities, better policies in border and programs for integrating refugees and asylum into the society, mental health programs for the homeless, leaders of nations to come to an end in providing weapons to all the countries who are at war at each other, leaders of nations to have peace talks, political system that upholds the dignity, common good, and welfare of the citizens than waste time in ruining the reputation of the individuals for the sake of gaining popularity over another, etc.  There are a lot of issues to be tackled.


Focusing on the major issues at hand in United States that the Incarnate Word Sisters JPIC would like to continue on the following:


1. Response to the Cry of the Poor (defense of all forms of life on Earth with special attention to vulnerable groups such as indigenous communities, migrants, children at risk of human trafficking, etc.) 


a.  Awareness of Human Trafficking 

January 11 Wear blue on this day to support the National Awareness day for Human Trafficking.  How do we educate people in becoming aware of the signals and red flags in identifying who are being trafficked and how to help them. 

Alliance to End Human Trafficking - Ending Slavery is Everyone's Work : Alliance to End Human Trafficking

Home - FreedomUnited.org

Talithakum 


 b. Ending Death Penalty: There are 23 people in death row that are scheduled for execution in 2024 (13 from OK, 1 from TX, 8 from OH, 1 AL).  How do we create a circle of trust, promote healing of lives than promote vengeance and hatred?

Upcoming Executions | Death Penalty Information Center 

News | Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) (catholicsmobilizing.org) 


c.  Peace Advocacy 

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative https://nonviolencejustpeace.net/ 

Pax Christi internationally https://paxchristi.net/ , nationally https://paxchristiusa.org/, state wide, and local  

Pacem en Terris https://www.vatican.va/content/john-xxiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_j-xxiii_enc_11041963_pacem.html

    Speaker Event by Father John Dear, SJ 

Tuesday, March 12th, San Antonio, Texas
University of the Incarnate Word (University of the Incarnate Word | UIW Home) 
Contacts: Arthur Dawes, arthurdawes@att.net – 210-213-5919,
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, kirk@uiwtx.edu

      There are advocacies that we can partake to end war and violence by making way for diplomatic actions and systemic solutions for peace in our communities, and the world.  Sounds big for the world?  Start with self-reflection, integrate peace within you and practice in your circle of influence.  Participate in collective justice and peace works by checking out the advocacies by grassroots movement.  We continue to discern how we can make justice and peace possible.  We cannot have these two without working with others.  People deserve a better life.  Innocent lives deserve to live.  

2. Adoption of Simple Lifestyle - sobriety in the use of resources and energy, avoid single-use plastic, adopt a more plant-based diet and reduce meat consumption, etc. 🙏🎉🎁📝


The way to contribute in lowering carbon footprint, mitigating the impending drastic climate impact can through our own individual life style changes and encouraging others to do the same.   If you are buying clothes every month, can you buy every year?  However, doing something good in an individual basis may not be as encouraging and strong as doing it in groups.  Therefore, joining ecologically friendly group or movement will be something to get you going strong. 


Instead of only being charitable to the poor giving money, food, clothing, while we can consume without limits or without conscious thought, we can be in solidarity with the economically poor so that we can understand their own sufferings to identify solutions we can develop, and offer. When we understand as an experience, we understand why change and transformation in the society need to happen one life at a time and some changes can be done systemically as there are policies that can protect people and programs that can make change and transformation possible.  When we are spiritually poor, we know, however, that we need to go back to our foundation, to our Source, and to our Creator.

We are in the process of publishing our statement on Laudato Si Action Platform.  Watch out for it and join us in this call to action in reducing our carbon footprint to be carbon neutral by 2050, which is to make our planet a livable place by 2050. 

Climate Neutral Now | UNFCCC

Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report | UNEP - UN Environment Programme


We have so much energy within us.  We have so much hope to look forward to.  This year is going to be a year that is a clean slate for us to dream, to work on something new, to enjoy, to be gracious and to be grateful.  I would like to share with you a beautiful quote to use your energy on something that is good for this year: 


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” —Dan Millman, gymnast, coach and lecturer 


We wish you a Blessed and Happy New Year 2024.  

😀🌳🌴🌵🍐🍍🍃🌹🌸🍎🍅🌼🎉🙏🎇🥳