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Blog 7/4/2016

 

Happy Independence Day!!

It has been a while since I have updated the website, since other projects have taken their time, especially a research project around the beautiful prayer form of Taize’, but the birth of our country seems good place to resume regular postings, especially since there is also a new birthing emphasis with Mystical Ventures.  Last year, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter, Laudato Si,

 

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which called all peoples to begin to work together to take care of our Common Home, this planet.  It received widespread acclaim and acceptance, and struck a chord for many, no matter what religion or philosophy the many may have embraced.  It is about stewardship.  We are all dependent on one another and all of us are dependent on our loving Creator, who sustains our every breath, and who gave us this Common Home to enjoy and nurture.  The principles behind Mystical Ventures are very similar to Pope Francis’ directives: to live a sustainable life while taking care of the earth and putting more back into the earth than what we took:

Grounded in the Roman Catholic mystical tradition and the conviction that the earth sustains us in multiple ways, Mystical Ventures (MV) hopes to connect the dots for many peoples of varied interests and demonstrate how religious faith empowers us to understand our ecological environment. Mystical prayer connects with the food we eat, the animals that sustain us, the books we read, the cycles and sounds of nature and stewardship of the earth alongside our individual vocations and care for the poor.

We will continue to share our lives of living that sustainable life through gardening, cooking, preserving produce, animal husbandry and land management, ecological practices, adult faith formation and prayer.  Today, more than ever, prayer is required.  Laudato Si will be available by link on the website and we will begin to make explicit connections between Laudato Si (LS), or what Pope Francis is calling us to do and the sustainable lifestyle at MV.  To begin, perhaps, we should all step back and consider repentance.  What have we done to this beautiful Garden of Eden that was once gifted to us?   In the early paragraphs of LS, Francis refers to his predecessor’s words, those of Pope Benedict XVI, who with paternal concern urged us to realize that creation is harmed “where we ourselves have the final word, where everything is simply our property and we use it for ourselves alone.  The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves.” (LS, 6)

The opening words of our Constitution read:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of  the United States of America.

Just in those opening lines, we hear a call to unity (not factions), to Justice (not injustice), to Tranquility (or peace), to common needs, and to Blessings.  David Brooks wrote a great text last year, entitled: The Road to Character (New York: Random House, 2015) in which he gave his readers several stories of men and women in this country who gave up their own agendas for someone else’s or for some larger purpose than themselves.  That is what is needed as we move forward to caring for our planet or our Common Home.  If we truly love this country, then we must be willing to sacrifice for her. 

 

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There is no love without sacrifice.  As we celebrate the 4th this year, let us all be mindful of that call.  May we do what we can to ensure that those spacious skies, those amber waves of grain, those purple mountain majesties and alabaster cities gleaming are here for our children and our grandchildren.

 

 

Call to Prayer

Endow Groups

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Endow Groups 

 

 

St. Veronica Guiliana

 

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The amazing story of St. Veronica 

St. Veronica Guiliani

 

 

Pope Francis

Prayer Links

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http://www.dsopr.org/