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Sustainable Catholicism Class 1: REFUSE.

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Leanne Koffskey

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Transcript of Sustainable Catholicism Class 1: REFUSE.

Sustainable Catholicism Class #1: REFUSE.
The Good News:
Come and see the works of the LORD,
who has done fearsome deeds on earth;
Who stops wars to the ends of the earth,
breaks the bow, splinters the spear,
and burns the shields with fire;

Be still and know that I am God
I am exalted among the nations,
exalted on the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
The Virtue of Fortitude:
Doing the right thing
even through pain.
(Father Patrick Tuttle, OFM)
to be a
compulsive consumer.

Saint John Paul II became increasingly concerned about this issue. In his first Encyclical he warned that human beings frequently seem “to see no other meaning in their natural environment than what serves for immediate use and consumption”.
The Tough Stuff:
When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases.
The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume.
It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality…As these attitudes become more widespread, social norms are respected only to the extent that they do not clash with personal needs.
to be
When human beings
place themselves at the center,
they give absolute priority to immediate convenience
and all else becomes relative.
Hence we should not be surprised
to find…the rise of a relativism which sees everything as irrelevant
unless it serves one’s own
immediate interests.
The Tough Stuff:
The culture of relativism is the same disorder which drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects, imposing forced labour on them or enslaving them to pay their debts...
In the absence of objective truths or sound principles other than the satisfaction of our own desires and immediate needs, what limits can be placed
on human trafficking, organized crime, the drug trade, commerce in blood diamonds and the fur of endangered species? ...
This same “use and throw away” logic generates so much waste, because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary.
The Good News:
The Amen, the faithful and true witness,
the source of God’s creation, says this:
“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either cold or hot.
So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of my mouth.
For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed,
and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.
Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise.
Be earnest, therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.
The Story of Stuff
One expression of this attitude is when we
stop and give thanks to God before and after meals
I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful custom. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need.
(Laudato Si 5 - quoting from John Paul II's Redemptor Hominis)
(Laudato Si 204)
Psalm 46: 9-12
(Laudato Si 122)
(Laudato Si 123)
Revelation 3:14-20
(Laudato Si 227)
minutes 2:30-4:05, intro to problem
minutes 10:40- 15: explaining consumerism
15-16:45 : happiness still declining
Send Forth Prayer:
May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,
God within me,
God beyond me,
maker of the trees.

- Chinook prayer, Pacific Northwest Coast
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