Earth

Earth Deserves Good People

St. Louis University students and Sister Regina, wearing a sweatshirt saying “Never underestimate an
old woman who graduated from St. Louis University.”

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My St. Louis neighborhood block held its annual alley cleanup on Earth Day weekend, a fitting time to care for our small plot on the planet. Before we began, I stood on the sidewalk talking to my African-American neighbor.

A guy on a bike sped by and yelled an ugly, racial epithet, loudly enough to be unmistakable. For good measure,

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

WurthMABy Sister M. Alan Wurth, ASC

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,