Creation Care

Lenten Journeys: #CarbonFast2016

By Sister M. Alan Wurth, ASC

Catholics of a certain age will remember abstaining from meat on Fridays throughout the year, but today the rule applies only to Fridays of Lent, hence, the plethora of Lenten fish fries. The discipline of fast and abstinence remains, however, and is universal, not restricted to Catholics.

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network adds a twist to the Lenten fast by encouraging people to fast from carbon, or at least to reduce carbon use during the holy season of Lent. Who knows? The Lenten discipline may create a new lifestyle and enrich our spiritual life.

Fracking: Why It Matters

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So what’s all the noise about fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a type of commercial drilling that’s been around for 65 years?

Fracking, combined with something called horizontal drilling, has made extraction of U.S. oil and natural gas easier, resulting in a surge in their production.

Is that good? Let’s take a look.

The advanced drilling technology allows for deeper wells with horizontal arms. Large volumes of water mixed with sand and chemicals are forced under high pressure into those horizontal oil wells to fracture oil-containing rock formations.

Pope Francis’ Encyclical and ‘The Beautiful Order of Things’

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Sr. Alan Wurth, ASC’s arrangement at the Adorers’ Ruma Center in honor of Pope Francis’ encyclical

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical on the environment, released today, focuses squarely on ecological justice. “Laudato Si,” or “Praise Be” challenges all of us to re-imagine our potential and responsibility to be one human family, on one planet and in one universe.

Francis has masterfully interwoven a vision of humans and nature living interdependently, in respect and reverence for Earth.

This 184-page papal letter is not an ideological treatise,

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Stirrings Below Ground

by Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

I love elephant ears, those waving, Victorian-age showoffs. The bulbs trumpet the necessity of ritual planting, cutting, and digging up for winter storage.  After I cut back the big leaves in the fall, I have a private funeral procession to the yard waste dumpster.

Those elephant ears, while certainly plants, seem more than plants.  They seem to want to reach into the animal realm. They deserve a little ceremony as they move to the recycling phase of their lives. To ensure new life for next spring, the bulbs need to be dug up and stored in a dry,

Earth Day: Adorers Reflect

The earth is a way God is experienced and caring for the earth is an issue of justice. In honor of Earth Day, several Adorers contemplate the way the earth intersects with their lives and spirituality.

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Reflections on “Land Ethic”
Written by Sr. Alan Wurth, ASC

Oh land once soft and free

You cry in your prison of asphalt and concrete!

We build high for growth and progress –

rigid and unbending.

Earth Day: Prayer

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by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.
– Pope Francis

Water and blood are basic symbols of our spirituality as Catholic Christians and Adorers. They are symbols reflective of a sacramental understanding of our journey on earth as disciples of the Risen Christ. Water and blood give and sustain life in each of us. Both ‘water and blood,’ wash us clean!

On this Earth Day, we listen,

The Light Redeems, but Darkness has its Place

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By Sister Sara Dwyer ASC

As we move into Holy Week, a sacred time that unites Christians around the world, it’s important to remember that the darkness of human decision-making tried to put out the light of Christ’s redeeming us through his suffering and death.

But this light no darkness could overcome. We celebrate both the darkness of Jesus’ death and his resurrection as the Light of the World.

This past Saturday, March 28, the global human community was invited to participate in the Earth Hour, a 60-minute span of time,