Engaging Laudato Si’ Chapter 2 Reflection
By Sister Abby Newton, OP
As our country’s political process moves along in these next months, I found in Laudato Si some important counsel. The opening paragraphs of Chapter 2 note that “solutions will not emerge from just one way of interpreting and transforming reality” (63). There has been little dialogue and many invective’s tossed around the debate stages and town halls of both parties. No one is engaged in dialogue or even listening. “The way forward” remains obscure in this climate. But Pope Francis, recalling the flood narrative of Noah and his menagerie of earth’s creatures, reminds us that “all it takes is one good person to restore hope (71)!!! We are celebrating Earth Day at St. Joseph’s Medical Center as I write this and I was struck by the multiplicity of ways open to us to take action—which leads us to another, and another, and another—until one day we wake up and realize that a conversion of mind and heart has happened.
What conversions may have occurred in your life?
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Following the United Nations Climate Action Summit of September 23, the Declaration of the International Commission of Dominicans for Justice and Peace expresses solidarity with the youth and others working to challenge leaders, support for action and policies needed, and a call to the Dominican Family to commit to an ecological conversion as noted in LaudatoRead More