|What Can We Do?
In union with the world-wide Catholic Church, our Passionist Superior General, Fr. Joachim Rego, CP, and our Provincial, Fr. Joe Moons, CP, have called us to embark on a seven-year journey toward creating and implementing a Laudato Si’ Action Plan based on the 7 goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (diagram to the right). The call is both personal and collective.
Collectively, one of our first steps in Holy Cross Province is participation in the Passionist Congregational program, Passion of the Earth, Wisdom of the Cross
. This is a six-session program developed especially for the Passionist Family to engage in Laudato Si’ and renew our charism in the spirit of the 300th Jubilee celebration. In the introductory program brochure, Fr. Joachim describes the goal of the program as “ecological and evangelical conversion inspired by our shared contemplative engagement with Laudato Si’ in light of our Passionist charism. We desire to listen and hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, and to find concrete ways to act in favor of justice, solidarity and peace."
Several communities across the Province have already begun the conversation, and more Zoom opportunities for the whole Passionist Family to engage will be announced soon. You can learn more about the program and download copies of the session brochures here (English
). To receive hard copies of the brochures and for more information on the program and Laudato Si’ events and resources in Holy Cross Province, we invite you to contact Patty Gillis, our Province Laudato Si’ animator, at email@example.com
For ideas on simple actions we can all take to live the integral ecology of Laudato Si’, both personally and in our communities, we invite you to take a look at the following primer on sustainability. Making Laudato Si’ a reality across our Province is as easy as choosing one or two actions, like eating seasonal local food, using LED bulbs or advocating for equitable housing in your community, and trying them out.
On this Earth Day, let us renew our commitment to personal and communal conversion, trusting in the grace of God to help us respond generously to the call of Laudato Si’ and build a present and future that is sustainable and just.
The challenges we are facing at this time give us the opportunity to be prophetic:
to be enlightened by the Gospel and, thus, renewed in Christ.
It is a time to read in the ‘signs of the times’ God’s desire for us:
“to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with God”
~Fr. Joachim Rego, CP, CRUC Province Assembly, June 2021