Our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us (Laudato Si#1). But our sister cries out because of our lack of responsibility and love to her, and because “we have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will” (#2). Given the situation of environmental deterioration in which we find ourselves, Pope Francis calls on all who live on this planet to enter into the dialogue about our common home (#3).
Season of Creation
The jubilee of the earth is biblical – God the Creator knew how much the earth needed to renew, repair and restore herself. But the greed of human beings; the need for production and consumption turned us away from honouring the Sabbath and instead we resulted to plundering the resources of the earth.
In Laudato Si, Pope Francis has outlined clearly how we have become deaf, dumb and blind to the pain, cry of the earth! This attitude is a threat to the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those forced to live on the margins. Please find here more on our Celebration of the Season of the Earth
Formation for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
Justice, human rights and social needs must be at the heart of all ministries and so justice, peace and integrity of creation must be nurtured as part of the IBVM identity, being, formation and living. Getting JPIC into our DNA requires that deep transformation of heart, soul and will, and is a life-long journey for each person. Please find here the IBVM JPIC Handbook.