"We are losing our attitude of wonder, of contemplation, of listening to creation and thus we no longer manage to interpret within it what Benedict XVI calls 'the rhythm of the love-story between God and man.'"
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Animate your world
If you watched Pope Francis in South America, you know the importance of bringing the gospel of life to every corner of the world. You saw the consequences—the joy and the inspiration it brought.
Don’t think you have the background to be an eco-missionary? Think again. The Laudato Si’ Animators program teaches participants about the science of climate change and some of its solutions, what the Church affirms and teaches about care for creation and, most importantly, how to put this knowledge into practice to solve the climate crisis.
To date, Laudato Si’ Animators have led anti-fracking protests, started care for creation groups, hosted community carbon-reduction training, and more. With all this activity, the GCCM considers their Animators to be “the heart and hands protecting our common home in communities around the world.”
You can apply now for the program, which will offer participants the following:
- three training webinars
- follow-up webinars and hands-on help to plan your community outreach
- a final project for Earth Day
- ongoing connections to like-minded people of faith who are protecting creation
“People from all backgrounds and walks of life have what it takes to share the message of creation care with their communities,” said GCCM's Marisa Vertrees. “The climate crisis affects all of us, and we’re all needed to solve it.”
As Pope Francis has said, “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation.”
And as Catherine of Siena was wise to observe: “If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.”
Applications for the program are being taken until February 14th. To learn more or to apply, visit the GCCM site here.
And stay tuned for a summary soon of Pope Francis’s visit to South America, the battle for life across the world, and much more as we continue on, together, to bring the healing light of Christ to the world.
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Catholic Ecology posts my regular column in the Rhode Island Catholic, as well as scientific and theological commentary about the latest eco-news, both within and outside of the Catholic Church. What is contained herein is but one person's attempt to teach and defend the Church's teachings - ecological and otherwise. As such, I offer all contents of this blog for approval of the bishops of the Church. It is my hope that nothing herein will lead anyone astray from truth.