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Little concerns I live with

31 March 2016
Un miembro del movimiento juvenil GROPESH promueve el desarrollo de la artesanía a partir de materiales de desecho. Foto de: D Karnedi

Dieng Karnedi, SJ We are living in an imperfect world and when we look around us, there are many crises and injustices to people and our environment.  The gap between the richest and poorest is very wide.  Natural resources that are meant for all are controlled by a few.  It is no wonder then...
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The Society of Jesus and Ecology

29 February 2016
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Patxi Álvarez, SJ (translated from Spanish by Joseph V Owens, SJ) There is an increasing ecological sensitivity in human communities throughout the world.  Our conscience pains us as we behold the mounting evidence of environmental devastation: contamination of air and soil, accumulation of toxic residues, cataclysmic natural disasters, extinction of species, and extreme climatic...
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Realizing the power of struggle and lived faith

15 January 2016
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JCAP Reconciliation with Creation team The Scholastics and Brothers Circle (SBC) of Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) selected disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) as their annual workshop theme for 2015 and for 12 days in December, they gathered in Tacloban in Leyte, Philippines engaging directly with communities, local governments and Church groups and...
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The Spirit of adaptation, vulnerability reduction, and decision-making in reconciling with creation

15 December 2015
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Jacques Haers, SJ and Elías López, SJ In the Formula Instituti of 1550, Saint Ignatius identifies the “reconciliation of the estranged” as a key mission for the Society of Jesus. GC 35’s focus on reconciliation as the call to “right relationships with God, with fellow human beings and with creation” gives a new impulse...
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Discovering Christ through the beauty of ecology

30 November 2015
La beauté de nos paysages et l’intégrité de nos moyens de subsistance et de notre mode de vie nous invitent à la louange (Loyola, Pays Basque). Crédit photo: P Walpole

Pablo Martínez de Anguita, PhD As Pope Francis stated in his encyclical Laudato si’, the current environmental crisis, global in scope and local in impact, requires major changes in how we think about our world and its future and multi-disciplinary efforts are needed to produce solutions to our interconnected environmental problems. During the last...
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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Ireland: Responding to the greatest challenge of our age

15 November 2015
Glendalough, la vallée des deux lacs. Crédit photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Catherine Devitt I come from Glendalough, County Wicklow, located in the east of Ireland.  It’s a place of deep monastic tradition – Saint Kevin settled here in the 6th century – and incredible natural beauty, the valley itself carved out over time by glacial and fluvial dynamics and now home to extensive oak forests dating...
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Strengths and weaknesses of Ignatian spirituality in the path towards ecological conversion

31 October 2015
«Si nous nous approchons de la nature et de l’environnement sans cette ouverture à l’étonnement et à l’émerveillement, si nous ne parlons plus le langage de la fraternité et de la beauté dans notre relation avec le monde, nos attitudes seront celles du dominateur, du consommateur ou du pur exploiteur de ressources, incapable de fixer des limites à ses intérêts immédiats. En revanche, si nous nous sentons intimement unis à tout ce qui existe, la sobriété et le souci de protection jailliront spontanément.» (Laudato si’, n.11) Crédit photo: P Walpole in Bendum, Philippines

José Ignacio García, SJ Ecology has become a crucial topic of our time. The present model of economic development based on huge industrialization and the consequent consumerism has become the core of our social life. This model is sustained by other important elements such as technological innovation, the advertising industry, and financial activity. There...
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Laudato si’ and integral ecology: Do not be afraid

15 October 2015
El valor web y las fronteras planetarias. Foto de: International Civil Society Centre

Pedro Walpole “Do not be afraid” could well have been Pope Francis’ opening words in this encyclical, as he asks us to go deeper, and not to fear going deeper, into our daily life experience: “Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it...
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From Cardoner to the Amazon: Water from the same Source

30 September 2015
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Fernando López, SJ and Arizete Miranda, CNS-CSA, translated to English by Joseph Munitiz, SJ “Do you see the light now?” the Xapori (shamans) of the Yanomami tribe were asking those being initiated after a night passed in purification and preparation. “Do you see the light?” they insisted, as they prayed and sang and danced,...
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To be with, to think with, to act with, to pray with

15 September 2015
El fortalecimiento del país y la capacidad de recuperación de la comunidad en la región de Asia Pacífico para impactos de un clima cambiante es un enfoque estratégico de apoyo nacional, regional e internacional para el desarrollo. Foto de: UNDP-USAID Adapt Asia Pacific

JCAP Social Apostolate Decree 4 of the General Congregation (GC) 32 of the Society of Jesus in 1975 defines the mission of the Society as the service of faith with the promotion of justice as an integral part of that mission. At its publication, this document confirmed the strategic choice made by the Jesuits...
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