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The Context for Ecological Theology and Spirituality

Welcome to the first in a five-part series written by Patricia Gemmell on the topic of Eco-Spirituality. ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME 1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi…
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Exploring the Theme of Pilgrimage

Making a pilgrimage and walking a labyrinth have become popular activities today for increasing numbers of people. Whether of religious faith or of no religion, they seem equally to be seeking personal change, or spiritual growth, through these experiences. We are all pilgrims on a journey through life. In five reflection evenings during Lent, we…
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Ecological Conversion – Falling in Love with the Earth

Ecological conversion is nothing more than falling in love with the earth – again, or for the first time. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis calls us to “profound interior conversion” as the fundamental underpinning of the shift in consciousness and lifestyle needed to change humanity’s headlong course towards ecological – and hence human – disaster.…
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Reflecting on the Spiritual Journey in 2017

During his visit to Sydney in 2016, Ron Rolheiser recommended a book called "The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die" by Kathleen Dowling Singh. She sees a clear correlation between the inner journey of the dying process and the spiritual journey to which she believes we are all called. "It…
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