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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
SEPTEMBER 2015 Newsletter

Greetings,
A clear indicator of fall is the number of events and programs listed in this newsletter.  Another sign of the great work social justice groups are doing in and around our city.  And CPJ is sponsoring our share.

On Saturday September 26 is Praise Be! Healing our relationship with creation.  Hopefully you have heard about and possibly read about or read some of Pope Francis's encyclical On Care for Our Common Home. Now it is time for a morning of thoughtful reflection, transition and movement toward action.  Pope Francis is calling us individually, in community, globally and in prayer. Join us as we reflect on the call and break this challenge down into simple acts we can do. 

Here is one more act we can all do.  Help keep more people from slipping into poverty by making  the Earned Income Tax Credit permanent.  Learn who to contact below

Finally, we have a wonderful opportunity Sept 22 to hear the real stories of people coming across the border from Ruben Garcia, Director of Annunciation House on the TX border.  

Looking forward to seeing you at events!
Blessings on your ministry

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit our website at   

www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 

and the Catholics for Peace and Justice Facebook page


TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Praise Be! Healing Our Relationship with Creation – Sept 26
September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Here comes the Pope!
From The Border- What does Immigration Have To Do with Me? – Sept 22

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Lifting People Out of Poverty - Support of the Earned Income Tax Credit – ACTION
Democrats Move on the Iran Deal - ACTION
Court Upholds Order to Release Women and Children from Detention
11X15: We're making progress!
Advocate for a Healthier Environment
25th SOA Anniversary Vigil Sign Up
Common Ground Update
Share your gift of the English Language

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Vigils – Sept 1 and 3
New Sanctuary Movement End of Summer Soiree – Sept 9
Laudato Si’- Care for Our Common Home/Climate Change Solutions for Good Shepherd and Beyond – Beginning Sept 9
Learn the Truth about Islam – Sept 9
Book Study: World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse – Beginning Sept 12
Plowshare’s Dialogue Initiative – Begins Sept 14
The Sacred Side of Science: - Sep 19
Reviving Justice – Sept 19
Christians with Questions: Secret of Water – Sept 19th
Why Green Burial? World Faith Practices and Sustainable Options – Sept 20
Partnerships for Peace Dignity for All: Public Prayer for International Peace Day – Sept 21
Book Signing: A Father at War by Frank Pauc – Sept 25
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium - Oct 10
Christians with Questions:  “The Ten Commandments/Laws of the Heart” – Oct 17
Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond USCCB/JFI National Convening – Nov 11-13
Christians with Questions:  “Tex Mix – Stories of Earthy Mysticism” – Nov 21
2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps with S. Simone Campbell

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: USCCB Resources on Laudato Si’- On Care for Our Common Home
Reflect: Reflect: The Catholic church should partner with Planned Parenthood to reduce abortions
Pray: A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation


GENERAL

Praise Be! Healing Our Relationship with Creation – Sept 26
Saturday, September 26, 8:30 to 11 am with optional tour following the program. Sisters of St Francis of Assisi, Troubadour Room, 3221 South Lake Drive, St. Francis. An invitation to reflection, transformation and action. Margaret Swedish, author and project director for Spirituality & Ecological Hope will lead us through a thoughtful presentation and reflection on Laudato Si’ “On Care for Our Common Home.” Following our reflection we will discover how we can wake up and take up a positive conviction of transition, conscious care and simple action for creation individually, in community and in our church.  A tour of the Sisters of St. Francis grounds including an apiary, orchard, community garden, invasive species removal site and more will follow the program.  Register by 9/21. A free will donation is requested at the door. Registration and Information can be found here. FLYER with more information. Sponsored by Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Waukesha County Green Team, Catholics for Peace and Justice.
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September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Pope Francis has declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989. According to Pope Francis, “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that [God] has entrusted to our care…”  Prayer from Laudato Si' 
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Here comes the Pope!
From Margaret Swedish - Ecological Hope Project Director
The major event of the month is the 5-day visit of Pope Francis to the United States, Sept. 23-27. While here, he will address a Joint Session of Congress (on the 24th) and the United Nations General Assembly (on the 25th). On the afternoon of the 23rd, he will celebrate a Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, and among his stops in the Philadelphia area will be a visit to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.  To see a full schedule, click here.
His days in the U.S. will undoubtedly bring saturation media coverage. Many people around the country are planning to watch the address to Congress together in small groups, in parishes, and in religious houses. We can use this extraordinary opportunity to assess how we are responding to the call to bring together ecological and social justice into an integral ecology committed to the “care of our common home,” to echo his encyclical Laudato Si’. This moment presents a challenge, as well as support, to deepen our commitment to the work of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. 
A recent survey indicated that only 4 in 10 Catholics in the U.S. are aware of the Pope’s views on climate change and other ecological threats, and only 2 in 5 report hearing anything about his encyclical in their churches. [“Only Four in 10 Catholics Aware of Pope’s Climate Encyclical”]. We can change that by committing to educate and raise awareness in the communities in which we participate.
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From The Border- What does Immigration Have To Do with Me? – Sept 22
Presentation by Ruben Garcia Director of the Annunciation house in El Paso, TX, September 22 7:00 pm Weasler Auditorium on the Marquette Campus. Ruben Garcia and the Annunciation House, a shelter for immigrants in El Paso, TX, have been engaged in the human realities of immigration in the border region for decades and know the stories and experiences of these people that rarely are seen in mainstream media. The Mission of the Annunciation House: 
In a Gospel spirit of service and solidarity, we accompany the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. We place ourselves among these poor so as to live our faith and transform our understanding of what constitutes more just relationships between peoples, countries, and economies. All are welcome. FLYER HERE  Catholics for Peace and Justice is a co-sponsor for this event.
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ACTIONS
Lifting People Out of Poverty - Support of the Earned Income Tax Credit – ACTION!!
On August 21 members of CPJ Leadership Council met with Senator Ron Johnson’s Regional Director for Wisconsin on making the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC and refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) permanent. If these provisions are allowed to expire it would push more than 16 million people with low and modest income salaries into or deeper into poverty.  The USCCB has issued a letter to Congress urging these temporary measures to become permanent. 
TAKE ACTION on POVERTY – Contact Senator Ron Johnson  Urge him to encourage and reward work by making recent temporary improvements to the EITC and CTC permanent, to consider improving these credits to enhance anti-poverty efforts, to take similar action for low income workers without children and to maintain these credits for immigrant workers and their families. We encourage you to include a copy of the USCCB’s letter dated July 14, 2015

Resources
USCCB Letter on EITC/CTC
Letting Key Provisions of Tax Credits Expire Would Push 16 Million into Deeper Poverty
EITC Boosts Employment and Lifts More Out of Poverty Than Previously Thought
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Democrats Move on the Iran Deal
Representative Gwen Moore announced her support for the Iran Deal as did Senator Tammy Baldwin. Thank you to all who sent emails and made calls. Thank our legislators for choosing peace

On August 20, Catholics for Peace and Justice in conjunction with a coalition of peace and justice organizations met with staff from Congressman Sensenbrenner’s office to request support for the Iran Deal. His position remains opposed to The Deal.  There are three additional opportunities to ask R. Sensenbrenner to support the Iran Deal, especially if you live in his district. Sept 12 Hartland Town Hall meeting at 9 am and Germantown Town Hall meeting at 1 pm. Sept 13 Hartford Town Hall meeting at 7 pm. Consider attending one of these Town Hall meetings to request support for the Iran Deal and present him with the USCCB letter of support.  

US Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB]  July 14 letter to Congress  in support of the Iran Deal
Understanding the Iran Deal 
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Court Upholds Order to Release Women and Children from Detention
From CLINIC – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. 
On August 21, 2015, Judge Gee of the District Court of Central California denied the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) motion to reconsider its July 24, 2015 ruling and ordered the release of immigrant children from the current family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania “without unnecessary delay”. The order sets October 23, 2015 as the compliance deadline.  Read More 
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11X15 We're Making Progress!
Recent articles indicate that the Department of Corrections has made some of the changes related to the use of Solitary Confinement for which the WISDOM affiliated organizations began to advocate last October.  Check out the WISDOM website for specifics on WISDOM policy recommendations. WISDOM leaders were interviewed about the new DOC changes this week in the following posts:
State changing solitary confinement policy, Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin Department of Corrections looks for alternatives to solitary confinement, WUWM
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Advocate for a Healthier Environment
From Margaret Swedish - Ecological Hope Project Director
It seems that whenever the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decides to issue new rules to improve the quality of our air and water, big business chimes in with the message, “it will kill jobs.” And so comes the next round, this time regarding ground-level ozone pollution.  Read more about corporations targeting Wisconsin 
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25th SOA Anniversary Vigil
Yes, it is that time again to make plans to join Peacemakers at the gates of Fort Benning the weekend of November 20 – 22nd.  Your local SOAW committee is in the process of working on local fall events and November travel arrangements.   Completed plans will be mailed and advertised in September. This year is the 35th anniversary of the murders of the Four Church Women; Ita, Maura, Dorothy, and Jean.  Presente’!  We remember them and all of the martyrs as we continue their struggle for peace and justice.  Let your voice be heard by contacting the President and your Congressional representative to encourage them to work for the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC. 

If you are unable to travel to Fort Benning, please consider sponsoring someone who needs financial help for the trip, especially a young or a low income person.   For more Vigil information:  SOA Watch site: www.soaw.org. Contact:  Barb Messerknecht, SOAW/PA-WI 262 - 255 2062 or jandb@wi.rr.com  Flyer
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Common Ground Update
Click here for latest Common Ground Newsletter.   
Featured stories include:  South Side Safer Streets August 2nd Kick-off Action, Introducing Common Ground Action, Do Not Stand Idly By (Gun issues), Watershed & Parent Infrastructure Network Issue Teams & What about Fair Play?
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Share your gift of the English Language
Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street, Milwaukee.    We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar in learning English.   Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.   The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Pat Roehrig, at 414-461-5592.      
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EVENTS
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Vigils – Sept 1 and 3
We hope that you will join us this week for our monthly vigils as we gather to pray for those in detention, proceedings and recently deported and their families. We will also be welcoming our new Capcorp volunteer, Andrew Chelius as he begins one year of service with the Capuchin Franciscans. Please join us: Tuesday, September 1st, 6:30pm at Ascension Lutheran Church (1236 S. Layton Blvd, corner of 27th and Scott) *Bilingual interfaith prayer vigil led by Good Shepherd Parish*  Thursday September 3rd, 12pm at ICE (310 E. Knapp St.) Solidarity Vigil outside of ICE.
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New Sanctuary Movement End of Summer Soiree – Sept 9
Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-8 pm, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee. Please join us for an evening fundraiser filled with enjoyment, appetizers, live music and drinks. Your contribution will help the NSM at Voces work toward stopping the separation of families, many of whom have a loved one facing deportation, as well as advocate and organize across Wisconsin for a just immigration reform and dignified treatment of all. Suggested donation $25 at the door.  RSVP info and Flyer.
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’Laudato Si’- Care for Our Common Home/Climate Change Solutions for Good Shepherd and Beyond – Beginning Sept 9
Five sessions held biweekly starting: Wednesday, September 9, 7–8:30 PM or Thursday, September 10, 9–10:30 AM Mary of Magdala Chapel at Good Shepherd Menomonee Falls. To register contact Mary at Good Shepherd Office, 262-255-2035 or email crawfordm@archmil.org, and leave your name and phone number or email and specify if you will be attending Wednesdays or Thursdays.  See the attached flyer for more information.
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Learn the Truth about Islam – Sept 9
September 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM Greendale Public Library, 5647 Broad Street—village of Greendale. Guest speaker Ms. Janan Najeeb founding member and the current President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. Sponsored by: Citizens Coalition, Southwest Region Democratic Party, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. RSVP—Pamela Carlson, pjcar1@hotmail.com    Flyer
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Book Study: World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse – Beginning Sept 12
Sponsored by Plowshare Center Location: Merrell’s Bookstore Café at 231 W Main St Waukesha. Meetings will be held on September 12 & 26, October 10 & 24, from 10:30 am –noon. The program is free and open to everyone. RSVPs by September 4th are appreciated. Flyer with more information.  
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Plowshare’s Dialogue Initiative – Begins Sept 14
The Plowshare Center is pleased to announce The Dialogue Initiative, a 12 week program designed to explore how to live more fully through self-reflection and experiences of collaboration and tolerance.  This is achieved through:
•    Accessing and reflecting on our personal assumptions, of ourselves, others, and the world
•    Recognizing how our actions can create conflict within ourselves and others
•    Experiencing how conditioned approaches to problems often prevent us from gaining wider perspectives
•    Approaching difficult situations in ways that open us to visionary and creative lives
Meetings will begin on Monday, September 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm at the United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 506 N. Washington Avenue, Waukesha.  An informational session will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 9:30 am in the Community Room of the Waukesha Public Library - RSVP to smichalko@wi.rr.com or (262) 524-9499 .See flyer for details and registration information.
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The Sacred Side of Science: - Sep 19
A Scientific View of God and Why This Matters on an Overheating Planet" September 19, 2015, 9:00 - 12:30pm, First United Methodist Church, Madison.  Rev. Michael Dowd will be a guest lecturer at a half-day conference on creation care. Sometimes known as an Evolutionary Theologian, Rev. Dowd challenges us to consider fresh ways of understanding Jesus and his role in cosmic history, in the lives of Christians and in the life of the church. More information. 
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Reviving Justice – Sept 19
A Day of Inspiration, Education and Action for Change. Saturday, September 19, Plymouth Church UCC, Milwaukee. $15 for youth, $40 adults (early bird $30 thru 7/31). Reviving Justice offers a re-commitment to Justice Work through deeper learning, music-filled worship, and unique opportunities to build new connections here at home and on a national level. Part of our goal is to re-ignite action need to address inequalities in our communities. For many, our faith calls us to this work - to be a Good Samaritan, to feed the poor, to be the change we want to see.  Information.
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Christians with Questions: Secret of Water - Sept 19th
With scientists Konstatin Korotkov, Masaru Emoto, and others. We turn on the faucet and out comes water, hot or cold. Others in the world turn on the faucet and nothing comes out and the closest source is contaminated.  Come and learn the meaning of “living water” and discuss our Christian responsibility to preserve this life sustaining natural resource. Calvary United Methodist Church3177 S. 107th Street9:00 am – 11:45am (doors open at 8:30) More Info  
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Why Green Burial? World Faith Practices and Sustainable Options – Sept 20
Sunday, Sept 20 2 -5 pm. Urban Ecology Center Guest Speaker Shedd Farley. See website for details. www.interfaithconference.org 
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Partnerships for Peace Dignity for All: Public Prayer for International Peace Day – Sept 21
Will take place on Monday, September 21, 2015, 1:30-2 p.m., at Notre Dame of Elm Grove, 13150 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, Wis. (outside at the peace pole on the front grounds / north side of the campus). All are welcome to join School Sisters of Notre Dame, associates, employees and area students. If the weather is inclement, the prayer will be held at St. Mary’s Visitation Church, 1260 Church St., Elm Grove. For more information call 262-787-1023 or email tdewane@ssncp.org. Detailed flyer *Note: In 1981, the United Nations established the International Day of Peace to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence, devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. Find resources at www.un.org/en/events/peaceday.  
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Book Signing: A Father at War by Frank Pauc – Sept 25
“When our oldest son, Hans, joined the Army and went to Iraq, my life, and that of our family, became a whirlwind of conflicting emotions and thoughts. We were swept up in world events in a way that was intensely personal and often overwhelming. I dealt with the madness by writing almost continually. “A Father at War” is a compendium of Frank’s writings through these years.  If you have valued Frank’s reflections in the CPJ newsletter you will appreciate “A Father at War”. Book signing at Sven's European Cafe 2699 S. Kinnickinnic (corner of Kinnickinnic and Russell) in Bayview at 6:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 25th. Website www.afatheratwar.com 
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“Awakening the Dreamer Symposium”- Oct 10
Do you feel overwhelmed by the effects climate change has on all life on Earth? Do you wish you could do something about it? If so, consider attending this symposium. All over the world it has awakened participants to the need for bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on our planet.  Where: First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street, corner of Ogden Street  When: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Fee: None. R.S.V.P: Elizabeth, 414-607-8771 by Monday, October 5, 2015
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Christians with Questions:  “The Ten Commandments/Laws of the Heart” -  Oct 17
With  Joan Chittister, OSB.  As Christians we are looked to for making moral decisions in our society.  We often use the Ten Commandments as our foundation.  Civil law attaches punishment, the Decalogue does not but is meant to create community.  Joan Chittister takes us beyond what we learned in second grade religion class. Calvary United Methodist Church3177 S. 107th Street9:00 am – 11:45am (doors open at 8:30) More Info  
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Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond USCCB/JFI National Convening – Nov 11-13
Wednesday – Friday, November 11-13, 2015 Four Points Sheraton Hotel at O’Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois. Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will give the keynote address at the opening dinner, and a group of dynamic and noteworthy speakers will provide their insights and expertise on immigration during the rest of the conference.  Registration  Contact acube@usccb.org  with any questions about the convening or registration process.  Regularly updated information about the convening and a link to the convening registration website are at the top of the JFI homepage.   
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Christians with Questions:  “Tex Mix – Stories of Earthy Mysticism” – Nov 21
With Tex Sample, sociologist of religion.  As Christians we love the stories of Christmas time.  Well Tex Sample gives us powerful stories from real life on a whole variety of topics that will create much discussion.  He will cover topics on racism, dealing with polio, a woman preacher, forgiveness, rape, homosexuality, winning a trophy, losing a baby, to coping with life after seeing your mother killed.  Come listen to a master story teller. Calvary United Methodist Church3177 S. 107th Street 9:00 am – 11:45am (doors open at 8:30) More Info  
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2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps – Feb 26
A Pastoral & Political Challenge with Sister Simone Campbell. February 26 - 27, 2016. Bethlehem Lutheran Church W8267 Highway 33 East, Portage. Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.  More Information 
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Study: USCCB Resources on Laudato Si’ “On Care for Our Common Home”
USCCB Resource Page on Laudato Si'
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Reflect: The Catholic church should partner with Planned Parenthood to reduce abortions
By Tom Gallagher for National Catholic Reporter  
“Let's face it. It's time for the Catholic church and Planned Parenthood to try something dramatically different: to work closely together in order to reduce the number of abortions. It's time for a committee of national Catholic lay leaders and executives of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to begin a sincere dialogue about creating a new way forward -- together.”  Read more  
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Pray: A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love. Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes. Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love and accompany creation as it groans in travail. You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love, teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.

From Laudato Si' - On Care for Our Common Home

 

 
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