Monday, September 28, 2020

Season of Creation

 “Purchasing is always a moral and not simply economic act.”  

Pope Francis.  Laudato Sí.  Paragraph 206

 


We are in the last week of the Season of Creation (September 1 - October 4).  Pope Francis has issued a message for this time.  In it he writes: “The disintegration of biodiversity, spiraling climate disasters, and unjust impact of the current pandemic on the poor and vulnerable: all these are a wakeup call in the face of our rampant greed and consumption.”  
 

With the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, grocery shelves went empty of toilet paper and other basic necessities.   While some stockpiled, others were left without.  This is clearly an injustice.  

 

As religious we are not exempt from falling prey to the culture of greed and consumption.  The temptation is real, to hoard.  Becoming a religious does not take away this temptation but in the company of others who can hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, we are encouraged to change our lifestyles and choose to live more simply, so that others may simply live.  

 

We might understand the hoarding of basic items during times of natural disasters.  People panic buy.  But what about in ordinary times?  How are you growing in consciousness that ‘purchasing is always a moral and not simply economic act’?  

 

Gail Jagroop OP

Woodbrook, Trinidad

 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Windows of the Soul

These days we see a lot of people wearing masks or, as we say, face coverings. I am intrigued by the variety of designs I see. They seem to come in all shapes and sizes, just like the people themselves. I’m also noticing that sometimes I don’t recognize the face behind the mask. That can be embarrassing. All I see are the eyes peering out from under the fabric. This experience reminds me of how much we human beings count on our eyes to communicate with each other. I see laughing eyes and sad eyes and curious eyes and blank stares. Did you ever notice how you can tell just by their eyes that a person is smiling? Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:22 that “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “Shakespeare went on from there to describe eyes as “the windows of the soul.” What’s behind your windows?

Mary Ellen Green, OP

Arbor Vitae, WI

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