Is there a Connection between Religious Communities and Sustainability

by Sister Julie Ann on January 19, 2010

img_7289.jpgReligious Communities who have been around for over 100 years have a weathered Gospel wisdom that is passed from generation to the next. Such dedicated religious inherit a strong respect for each of their members and all of life, including the small or seemingly insignificant in creation. In this spirit, the leadership of the Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey, Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, and the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity planned an evening conversation on the topic of sustainability and religious life on January 19, 2010.

Important to the discussion included the following:

img_7288.jpgSt. Bonaventure in Souls Journey Into God, said: “Therefore open your eyes, alert the ears of your spirit, open your lips and apply your heart so that in all creatures you may see, hear, praise, love and worship, glorify and honor your God.”

 Share some choices for sustainable living.

4 thoughts on “Is there a Connection between Religious Communities and Sustainability”

  1. Begin living a ‘conscious’ life now. St. Francis lived a life of limits while seeing the goodness of creation. Awareness of patterns of behavior is the first step to lasting change.

  2. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    St. Francis always had a profound RESPECT for Creation and all LIFE. We, as a nation, as a Community and as a person can strive to do the same: RESPECT all forms of LIFE and in doing so one will maintain a habit that will keep the BALANCE of NATURE and SUSTAIN right and just living in all spheres of CREATION. “Earth, and all living animals and creatures PRAISE the LORD!”

  3. This article is of the people of the parish at SS. Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, a Mass for quake victims; most children at the parish school are Haitian-American. Is all about sustaining each other through prayer, support, faith, hope, and love.

    January 22, 2010,
    Candles for the Dead Bathe a Church in Light By ANNE BARNARD

  4. I can’t help but add St. Francis’ Canticle to this blog. I never tire of praying it. It’s marked for a group praying it together. I will be using it for the opening prayer to our annual board meeting for St. Paul Elder Services (, Kaukauna, on Wednesday, January 27.

    1. Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings.
    To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
    2. Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun,
    Who is the day through whom You give us light.
    And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
    Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
    1. Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
    2. Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
    by which You cherish all that You have made.
    1. Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
    So useful, humble, precious and pure.
    2. Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
    1. Praised be You my Lord through our Sister, Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,
    producing varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
    Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
    Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned.
    2. Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death, from whom no-one living can escape.
    Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
    No second death can do them harm.
    All: Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks, And serve Him with great humility.

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