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College & Parish Version: From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity

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Dan DiLeo

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Transcript of College & Parish Version: From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity

Sollicitudo rei socialis
Solidarity is "a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all."

Part 1: St. Francis
Part 2: Pope Francis
Part 3: YOU!
1) 2014 Feast of St. Francis (October 4)

2) 2015 Earth Day (April 22)

3) 2015 Feast of St. Francis (October 4)
The Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
"In the beginning was the Word...nothing came into being except through [Jesus Christ]" (John 1:1,3).
St. Francis Reflection Question 1

Sr. Dawn Nothwehr speaks about how St. Francis lived "in fraternitas" and understood solidarity within a familial relationship that included the poor and all Creation.

How does this resonate with your understanding of your relationship to God's world?

Or is this a new understanding for you?

Action Steps
I/We Pledge to:

+ PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.

+ LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.

+ ASSESS how we-as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations-contribute to
climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.

+ ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change.

+ ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions,
especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.
Clean Power Plan

Encourages states to reduce their
carbon dioxide emissions from
existing coal-fired power plants by
30% over 15 years.
Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education:
A Toolkit for Mission Integration
Planning Guide for Parishes and Schools to
Take the St. Francis Pledge
Friending Planet Earth:
Helping Youth Understand Solidarity & Sustainability in Light of Climate Change
St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun

Praised be my Lord God with all creatures;
and especially our brother the sun,
which brings us the day, and the light;
fair is he, and shining with a very great splendor:
O Lord, he signifies you to us!

Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon,
and for the stars,
which God has set clear and lovely in heaven.

Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind,
and for air and cloud, calms and all weather,
by which you uphold in life all creatures.

St. Francis Reflection Question 2

Sr. Nothwehr speaks about the environmental impacts upon those who are most marginalized.

What difference does it make if we say, “our sisters and brothers” instead of “the poor” when we speak of vulnerable people?

St. Francis Reflection Question 3

How is climate change and our current maltreatment of Creation a sin, as Sr. Nothwehr suggests?

Consider some ways can “repent” or become better "guardians of Creation.”

Pope Francis Reflection Question 1

Msgr. Irwin describes how Pope Francis’ direct experiences of human and ecological exploitation in South America inform his belief that consumerism and poverty are connected.

How do you see consumerism and poverty as connected?

Pope Francis Reflection Question 2

Pope Francis uses a "wide-angle lens on the world" and called us to see that solidarity includes both our human neighbor as well as the whole of Creation.

What does Pope Francis "wide angle" view of solidarity mean to you?

Pope Francis Reflection Question 3

Dr. Clark says that Pope Francis moves seamlessly between protecting Creation, protecting those living in poverty, and promoting peace and that “this is the heart of Catholic social teaching” and of St. Francis.

How do you see these three themes connected? Can you do one of these without attention to the others?

To You! Reflection Question 1

Mr. Gorman talks about the intimate connections between the land and the people in southern Louisiana.

What are those intimate connections where you live?

How has the physical environment where you live shaped your community?

To You! Reflection Question 2

Ms. Evans describes her neighborhood as a hole in a donut where environmental harms of all types encircle her community.

Can you point to an area where you live in which there is clear environmental harm on local communities?

What is the economic and social makeup of those communities?

To You! Reflection Question 3

Given how environmental harm disproportionately impacts the poor and vulnerable, what are two concrete steps that you can take to better care for Creation in solidarity with all persons?
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