Our series of Autumn Talks on the recent encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, draws to a close next week. Henry Longbottom SJ, who worked as an environmental lawyer before joining the Society of Jesus, will discuss how we can go about living out the vision Pope Francis lays out in this challenging document. The talk will reflect upon the practical ways we can respond to the pope's call for conversion in regard to our current ecological situation; from environmental advocacy in support of marginalised communities in developing countries to greening our own faith communities. The text of the encyclical can be found at:
tFr. Damian Howard, a Jesuit and a lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London gave a talk on the papal encyclical 'Laudato Si', illustrating how Pope Francis deals not with the abstract, but with the concrete, with real life. Environmental issues are not only for the attention of the media, of political leaders and international organizations, as they also effect our everyday choices and living conditions.
Making use of modern technology and of the political structures that we have at our disposal so as to create an international strategy for the protection of nature will not be sufficient: the answer to our environmental problems lies in our own personal conversion, a conversion to which the Gospel is calling us - with more urgency now than ever before.
Pope Francis' recent encyclical addresses controversial issues at the roots of our global ecological crisis, such as technology, consumerism, education and spirituality. It has attracted much interest internationally and in the media. His message invites us to change the way we live and respond to new challenges for looking after our world’s resources.
Last Saturday, in glorious sunshine, a group of parishioners walked from the Penwortham Old Bridge on Broadgate, along the river bank ,across the Tram bridge to the Pavilion.At the beginning and end of the walk we took a few moments to pray and meditate on the beauty of God’s creativity.
Last weekend St. Wilfrid's was celebrating God's gift of Creation. Creation envelops and surrounds us, in the air, earth, water, plants and trees, but is also all that we are; our bodies, minds, and souls and all of our talents and abilities. Wanting to celebrate all of these aspects of Creation, we gathered together on Saturday night