Inspired by the words of Pope Francis, the authors of each section write from the perspective of professional and personal context about how each of us are called to protect the earth, dignify humanity and restore God’s gift of creation. This book is an excellent tool with far reaching application for all those who contribute to the organisations, communities, parishes and agencies of our Church.
Sr Berneice Loch rsm, President of Catholic Religious Australia explains “This compendium of articles emerging from the reflection of the authors on the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si will prove of interest and of practical use to those who wish to respond in heart and mind to the message of the Pope. Pope Francis entreats us to live out the ‘ecological conversion’ to which he and his predecessors have called us, and the encyclical itself is a broad ranging exploration of how this call can be understood. The articles in this book continue the exploration. … I commend this publication to you”.
As with The Francis Effect: Living the Joy of the Gospel, there are stimulus questions at the end of each reflection which can be used to help guide discussions in groups or simply be inspiration for your own personal discernment and prayer.
03 Ms Lana Turvey, Mr Peter Gates – Preface
05 Mr Yeb Saño – Foreword
09 Professor Denis Edwards – Hope for our Common Home
15 Fr Gregory Jacobs SJ – Parishes caring for our Common Home
21 Deacon Joe McKay ofm – Laudato Si’ through Franciscan Eyes
27 Mrs Jacqui Rémond – Leadership and Governance for our Common Home
35 Ms Thelma Parker – An Aboriginal reflection on Laudato Si’
41 Dr Patricia Hindmarsh – Ecological Conversion through Education
47 Miss Terese Corkish – Young People’s call to Transform
53 Mrs Sarah Rose, Mr Jassen Rose – Encountering Creation in Families
59 Dr Ricki Jeffery – Integral Ecology and the work of Social Services
65 Mrs Mary Dalmau – God’s Creative Love in Health & Aged Care
71 Ms Ann Austin – Ecological Leadership in Business
77 Sr Kateia Kaikai smsm – A call for conversion from Environmental Migrants
83 Living an Ecological Vocation
86 Ecological Examen
89 Contributing Authors
95 Further Reading
96 Website References