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2016 Lenten Reflection Guide Forty days with Scripture and Laudato Si’

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March 08, 2016

Maryknoll 0REFLECTION - Lent is an invitation to a journey of naming what is broken within us, turning away from it , and turning toward that which is truly good. The journey begins with acknowledging our failings, limitations, and mortality – all of which takes courage. Pope Francis ma kes a c ourageous assessment of our planet when he sa ys “ The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth .” All of creation, including humanity shares a common home. But studies indicate that “most global warming in recent dec ades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases . . . released mainly as a result of human activity , ” Pope Francis says. Five times he names a “throwaway culture” as a root cause of the ecological crisis. We are suffering from pollution and waste, s carcity of water, loss of biodiversity, decline in the quality of life and breakdown of society, extreme consumerism and global inequality . A n “ecological debt” exists, particularly between the global north and south, due to the disproporti onate use of God ’s gifts of water, minerals, and trees. Francis repeats Saint John Paul II’s call to a “global ecological conversion” to care for the needs of the vulnerable , which includes Earth.

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