Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar
on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi 2020 said:
“Let the Christian Community, spurred by its faith, go out with the
three S vaccine: Solidarity, Sharing & Service.
Together we can work miracles, walk on the water of human fellowship.
Let not our hearts be disturbed. God is in charge.”
We must do better
We can See, Learn, Pray, Act!
Here is something that the friars at Mt St Francis in Cochrane, Alberta have done: Biofuel Eco-Boiler technology utilizes the biofuel created by their waste stream and Eco-Growth Organic Reactor (EGORTM) to produce hot water or steam for building or processes. Biofuel has a high combustion and BTU value that safely and efficiently heats water replacing fossil fuel requirements.
A citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada.
Butterflyway Rangers in Victoria, B.C., planted more than 10 pollinator gardens in the city, at private residences, public parks, schools and hospitals.
The Victoria Rangers built a bicycle-propelled flower buggy as a mobile pollinator classroom. This garnered much interest from young and old alike, inspiring many to plant their own pollinator gardens!
The Victoria Rangers also employed art and creativity, building giant butterfly puppets and a butterflyway float to help teach people what they can do to support pollinators. They joined the Oak Bay Tea Party Parade and won second prize!
Pollinator education and habitat restoration continues in Victoria, as one of our Rangers was awarded a municipal grant to build pollinator gardens throughout the Fernwood area and to run pollinator education programs for local elementary students.
We can emulate St Francis of Assisi in his -
Canticle of the Creatures by taking action by raising our voices
We can realise that every day for Secular Franciscans should be a Season of Creation! Our OFS Rule 18 tells us to “strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.” And as Dawn Nothwehr, OSF reminded us: St Bonaventure told us we should be “advocates for other creatures, giving them a voice before God and the world.”
Pope Francis’ leadership on the climate emergency and on the coronavirus has been unmatched. But he can’t do it alone. It’s time for the global Catholic community to rally behind his message.
Sign the Catholic Petition for just action on COVID and the Climate Emergency. Show the Pope and the world that you care! Sign the Catholic Petition
Why does this matter?
In the coronavirus response, governments have invested twice as much money in fossil fuels as they have in renewables. That means the public are propping up record-breaking payments to fossil fuel CEOs and stockholders while they continue to drive dangerous climate change, rather than their tax money being invested in a just and clean energy economy that will support everyday workers and our children for the long term.
As governments make investments in a coronavirus recovery, we earnestly pray that they will stand with David, and not with Goliath. As the Pope said in his message on the eve of the Season of Creation: “No to plundering, yes to sharing.” As Canadian Cardinal Czerny, SJ wrote: “… why not switch to something better? Why reinvest in fossil fuels, monoculture farming and rainforest destruction when we know they worsen our environmental crisis?”
Global Catholic Climate Movement Los Angeles, California:
“I have had nothing but tremendous feedback from our viewers how much they loved each one of your individual presentations. Here is the link to the recording of Just Transition North America webinar.”
From Agnes Richard, Coordinator of GCCM-Canada:
“You did a fantastic job on the GCCM Season of Creation webinar. The chat box was full of kudos for your presentation!” Andrew’s presentation in 1 Oct webinar was the same as in GCCM-Canada’s 16 Sept webinar but that included Sr. María de los Ángeles Marco Teja, UJ as the other speaker (on mining). Here is the link to the webinar recording.
This honours the Cree holistic value that everything in life is sacred.
Coast Salish Tsawout artist Bear Horne, 2016.
Xe xe Smun eem (shat shat smun am)
"Sacred Children" in the Cowichan or Quw utsun language.
The official language of the Quw utsun peoples is Hul Qumi unum.
Horne’s design features a bear to help us follow the right path, an eagle to help us have a vision of a bright future, a hummingbird to keep our mind, body and spirit healthy, and a flower to feed the connection of all these elements.
Huy ch qu (hi’ch ka –“Thank you”), Bear!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of churches to the general public, the Share Lent national collection was postponed earlier this year. It has now been replaced by the Recovering Together national collection.
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More on this next month! So rich!