NON VIOLENCE AND CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME
The theme of the February meeting of the Spanish and Portuguese JPIC Promoters was “Nonviolence and Care of Our Common Home. “
Carmen Elisa Bandeo, SSpS and Filomena Mecabo, CIC integrated the experience of prayer and reflection as they focused on the inter-relationship between creation and the human person. Through Scripture, Sr. Filomena invited the participants to be aware of how our Creator endows humanity with his eternal love by 200 W solar panel on the house above with a bulb. gifting us with the Earth. “Care of the Earth, our common home, is based on the presupposition of the care of the human person and our relationships. It comes from the depths of our being. It is here that the force of transformation begins, placing us in the process of contemplation, care, tenderness, compassion,” she said.
Both presenters shared their reflections. Sr. Carmen’s reflection was based on the speech given by the President of Uruguay Jose’Mujica during the Conference of the Partners (COP) 20 in Rio De Janeiro 2012 on sustainable development and globalization. The center of his attention was on how our current model of market economy brings the human race to destroy nature and thus destroy ourselves. President Mujica called world leaders to their responsibility to change this political economy.
The second reflection given by Sr. Filomena concerned the relationship indigenous Yanomami people have with nature, which is basically that of communion. Living in solidarity, these people use what is necessary without monopolizing land, forest, waters or anything else. Their relationship with nature is extremely important and they treasure and value their connection with it. We can say that the relationship of the human being with nature today has a special importance; abuse of nature is violence to this interrelationship.
Rich table discussion focused on two questions: What brings us pain today? And what brings us pain as consecrated.
Solidarity is another name for care for our common home, which is part of our religious vow of poverty; it hurts when we continue to say mere
words which don’t touch our daily lifestyle. Lack of profound commitment to change our real life; we continue to be involved with consumerism—
having a lot but not really happy/satisfied. Lack of authentic compassion with the poor, marginalized, those who are victims of unjust structures;
lack of dedication to people to whom we are consecrated.
The political corruption hurts; multinationals advancing exploitation of the poor also hurts; violence and wars create an interminable chain of
suffering to vulnerable people. The domestication of religious life also hurts when consecrated people fail to live out what Jesus calls
them to live—by lukewarm life; We need prophetic voice and mystical vision.
Resources: YouTube video—https://youtu.be/jgn2Dvm4nV4.
Pcture: Ascension Redondo, Maria Luisa Garcia both Claretian Missionary Sisters and Maria Yaneth Moreno, SDS.
The day was also sponsored by Caritas Internationalis and Jesuit Refugee Services. For more information and a video of the dayhttp://voicesoffaith.org/event/program/.
For updates on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, go to https://nonviolencejustpeace.net/.
4 April—Mine Action Day calls for continued efforts by States with the assistance of the UN and relevant organizations to ensure that landmines and explosive hazards in war torn countries are found and destroyed. Mines pose a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of citizens in those areas.
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (A/RES/60/97)
6 April—Sport for Development and Peace signifies the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (A/RES/67/296)
7 April—World Health Day will focus on establishing and scaling up mental Health Services. World Health Day [WHO] (WHA/A.2/Res.35)
9 April Way of the Cross on Palm Sunday organized by the JPIC Commission secretariat beginning with Eucharistic celebration at the Divine Word Missionaries ViadeiVerbiti 1 at 9:00. Please bring your Palms and it will be in Italian English Spanish and Portuguese.Route Piazza dei Partiggiani – Piramide –Testaccio – PortaPortese – San Francesco a Ripa – San Calisto – S. Maria in Trastevere – S. Egidio – S. Maria della Luce – Fatebene Fratelli Hospital – S. Bartolomeo Tiber Island. For copies of the booklet in English, Spanish and Portuguese go to http://www.jpicroma.org/