The first meeting of the Congregational Care of the Earth was held at Caritas, Sandymount from 18th to 22nd August. The five Coordinators from the Regions and Provinces were present Sr. Mary Zimba, Zambia/Malawi; Sr. Helen Eluagu, Nigeria; Sr. Madeleine Meagher, California; Sr. Mary Judge, Ireland; Sr. Patricia Byrne, England/Scotland; along with Sr. Mairéad Ní Chuirc from the General Leadership Team. Sr. Nellie McLaughlin, RSM facilitated.
Care of the Earth
Sky News in the UK has been drawing attention to a major problem in our oceans. This problem is the vast amount of plastic which is finding its way into the sea. Sr Patricia Byrne writes that in the UK “rivers carry plastic from across the country out into the seas around us...
Sr Mairéad Ni Chuirc asks us ‘What Eco step will you take?’ - There are many websites and resources now available to help us take the necessary ‘eco steps’ to help to create a sustainable planet. One resource I came across lately is a book 'The Heart of Sustainability: Restoring ecological balance from the inside out' by Andrés R. Edwards.
In Nigeria the effect of climate change is evident everywhere. On 10th February, 2017 black soot was reported in Rivers State, particularly affecting the city of Port Harcourt, where our Sisters run a school and centre for physically challenged. The government in Rivers State, of which Port Harcourt is the capital, set up a taskforce to investigate the matter.
Imagine if St. Ignatius of Loyola and Mary Aikenhead were alive today they would surely be excited about proclaiming the importance of an ecological examen. (The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience).