Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation – Laudato si: Chapter 6: Ecological Education and Spirituality
“On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationship with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world. Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, the ‘first day’ of the new creation,whose first fruits are the Lord’s risen humanity, the pledge of the final transfiguration of all created reality. It also proclaims ‘man’s eternal rest in God.’ In this way, Christian spirituality incorporates the value of relaxation and festivity.
We tend to demean contemplative rest as something unproductive and unnecessary, but this is to do away with the very thing which is most important about work: its meaning. We are called to include in our work a dimension of receptivity and gratuity, which is quite different from mere inactivity. Rather, it is another way of working, which forms part of our very essence. It protects human action from becoming empty activism; it also prevents that unfettered greed and sense of isolation which make us seek personal gain to the detriment of all else.”
What is our value or importance as Christians? St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians says: “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise…and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong…” In our day-to-day lives, the way that we are to do this is shown in the Beatitudes, which we hear in today’s Gospel (Matthew 5:-12). Read through this list and you immediately recognize that they are not qualities that many people would choose, but they are at the heart of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Aren’t these characteristics of Jesus? We see him showing these publically throughout the Gospels. The Beatitudes present to us a way of life that has changed the world and continues to do so. Spend some time this week reading slowly this Gospel.
The Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal has begun. Many of you may have received a letter from Cardinal Dolan asking for your support in this year’s appeal. Our church’s goal was set at $98,500 by the Archdiocese. Last year, you contributed nearly $67,000 and I am grateful to all of you who helped reach this amount. While we did not reach our goal of $100,000, I am happy that this much was contributed through your generosity. Thank you! You will be hearing more about this year’s appeal and will be receiving a letter from me soon.
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
In his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis calls on all people to “care for our common home,” reminding us that “the poor and the earth are crying out.”
There is an urgent need to promote a clean energy economy that would benefit all of us and protect the environment of our shared planet. People from diverse faith groups will come together with a common concern for the impact of climate change on us, on certain sectors of the economy, and on the poor and future generations
Sunday, January 22, from 5:00 to 5:20 PM
at the center section of the Brooklyn Bridge
for a short, peaceful candlelight vigil to express our intention to work for a clean energy economy that benefits all and addresses inequality and injustice and in recognition that the protection of the earth is our sacred responsibility.
We invite you to join us in collective strength and prayer as we prepare to face the challenges ahead.
If you can, bring a battery-operated candle or tealight. .
We will pray with our lights of hope.
Sponsored by GreenFaith and endorsed by the Franciscan Action Network and the Metro NY Global Catholic Climate Movement.
“It is in the Eucharist that all that has been created finds its greatest exaltation. Grace, which tends to manifest itself tangibly, found unsurpassable expression when God became man and gave himself as food for his creatures. The Lord, in the culmination of the mystery of the Incarnation, chose to reach our intimate depths through a fragment of matter. He comes not from above, but from within, he comes that we might find him in this world of ours.
In the Eucharist, fullness is already achieved; it is the living center of the universe, the overflowing core of love and of inexhaustible life. Joined to the incarnate Son, present in the Eucharist, the whole cosmos gives thanks to God. Indeed the Eucharist is itself an act of cosmic love: ‘Yes, cosmic! Because even when it is celebrated on the humble altar of a country church, the Eucharist is always in some way celebrated on the altar of the world.’”
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Hope in a Time of Anxiety, a prayerful encounter of one other’s experiences, voices, anxieties, hopes and dreams, took place in San Damiano Hall on Monday, January 16, the holiday honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., began the evening by framing the event on the three essential reasons why the Catholic Church engages with the social order: respect for human dignity, the defense and protection of human rights, and the responsibility to make human activity meaningful.
With ample time and well-designed group instructions provided by Joseph Nuzzi, participants engaged with each other by listening to the concerns and hopes of their table mates as well as sharing their own anxieties and sources of hope as they confront the difficulties that have arisen in our country during the past eighteen months.
At the end of the discussion period, Fr. Kevin responded to questions posed by the participants. A prayer service concluded the evening during which readings were proclaimed from the prophet Micah and St. Paul. Fr. Tim Shreenan, O.F.M. read an excerpt from Pope Francis’ address to the United States Congress. Prayers were offered for those in government, for those who serve, and for the citizens of our nations, especially the poor and disenfranchised.
Meredith Augustin led the assembly in song, and Fr. Andrew Reitz,O.F.M. gave the final blessing to conclude the evening.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
We will be holding a training sessions on two consecutive Wednesdays:
January 25 and February 1,
from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
If you are interested please email Edward Trochimczuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This book has something written for 186 days to help the person who is anxious or worried. Each day has a theme, a short passage from Sacred Scripture (both the Old and New Testaments) and then a meditative prayer for the remainder of the page.
Such topics as: When I Feel Overwhelmed, a Peaceful Heart, Give Me Sure Footsteps, Help My Unbelief, Keep Calm and Do Nothing are a sampling of the topics that are treated daily. It is a good companion to have when times are challenging and even when things are going well. It is available in the Lobby of the Parish House.
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