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Pope FrancisWe are anticipating the new encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment, which will focus on human relations. The National Catholic Reporter editorial (Jan 2, 2015) quotes the pope: "Respect for nature also calls for recognizing that human beings are a fundamental part of it. Along with an environmental ecology, there is also need of that human ecology which consists in respect for the person."

In writing this encyclical the Pope has consulted the Franciscan Order along with liberation theologian Leonardo Boff and other experts in the field.



A Green World

Happy New YearHappy New Year to all from the Team!

Here is a list of some activities that have been of interest to us as we try to stay current, change and grow. 

Perhaps they may be of interest to you too at the start of this New Year.

Blessings and all the best,

Mike, Nick and Joan

  • New Year’s Eve: "Live from Lincoln Center." A concert on the composer Gershwin conducted by Bramwell Tovey. The music and the singing were absolutely beautiful.
  • Reading: Out of My Mind a children's novel by Sharon Draper. How many novels we read this year?
  • Currently reading and discussing Leonardo Boff's book: Francis of Rome, Francis of Assisi.
  • Thinking of others, listening to their concerns; raising up the downtrodden in prayer and or outreach, asking "what can I do to help?"
  • Quietly contemplating the beauty of nature and asking “what am I doing to preserve the planet?” (See Pope Francis segment above.)
  • Watching a live video webcast from the Center for Action and Contemplation in NM along with new neighbors. Topic: “alternative orthodoxy” by Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley.
  • Playing "Words With Friends" or "Scramble" both interactive with people who may live in another state or country.
  • Seeing the film "The Theory of Everything" and reflecting on the inspiring life of physicist Stephen Hawking. What a powerful performance by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones!
  • Embracing the balances of life: good liturgy, good community prayer, quiet contemplation, good conversation, real food, restorative sleep, sufficient physical activity, loving outreach to others, gentleness in judgment....and fun.
  • Conquering a corner of clutter.
  • Working productively, mentally and manually.
  • Responsibly enjoying the benefits of social media.
  • Keeping a sense of humor about what Eckhart Tolle calls the "is-ness" of life. Assessing what really matters in life.
  • Daily being aware of those who suffer debilitating depression and chronic mental or physical illness in one’s family or circle of friends and beyond.
  • Considering one’s life of abundance knowing that most of the world experiences the pain of living in grinding poverty and the fear of oppression.
  • Assimilating the lifestyle and teaching of Jesus, and attempting to grasp and identify the love that God has for us.

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