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Be Free With Your Mercy

By Sister Mary Shaw, ASC

Pope Francis recently published his first book as pope, “The Name of God is Mercy,” which offers a practical way to live the environment encyclical that he completed a year ago today.

That encyclical, “Laudato Si,’” (today is the anniversary of its publication date) holds that everything is interconnected, and that we cannot be indifferent to anything. Yet, we tell ourselves that the refugee crisis, climate change and deportation are not our concern.

When our conscience gets pricked a little, we make a donation and stay at a safe distance to avoid encountering those with difficult lives.

Entangled Bank

By Sr. Regina Siegfried ASC

In the preface to her excellent “Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love,” Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ quotes the conclusion of “On the Origin of Species.”

“It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.”

Darwin found his “entangled bank” close to his home south of Downe,

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,