All of creation, from the initial creative event to the arrival of humans, is a single, interconnected and interdependent whole. Over billions of years hydrogen and helium unfurl the shimmering stars and galaxies, the basic elements emerge, and eventually our solar system and life unfold. Each aspect of the creative process is necessary and essential since each mode of being depends on the interactions and transformations that both precede and follow it. This web of relationships makes it impossible to rank or separate creation in a hierarchical or dualistic manner.1
Creation is the primary revelation and each being reveals something of the Divine. Everything, from the giant sequoia to the tiny wren, to the water in our wells, lakes and streams, to the air we breathe and the soil that grows our food, is sacred. Every person – the child in the womb, the young, the elderly, laborers and unemployed, those who are vulnerable, economically poor, disempowered, or imprisoned – is to be revered and protected. Decisions concerning how we live our private and public lives and acquire and use resources are to reflect our care and concern for the well-being of the whole of creation. In this way we affirm the sacredness of each created being and the diversity, self-identity, and communion that are at the heart of the magnificence, magnitude and mystery of creation.
We believe we are to relate to Earth, to one another, and indeed to the Cosmos, in mutually sustaining ways and that all of our systems of learning, technology, healing, economics, governance, politics, and religion, including our Christian faith and Franciscan charism, must be in harmony with the basic ecology and laws of the Universe.
TODAY THE CREATOR SPIRIT STILL MOVES OVER THE EARTH WAITING TO ASSIST US . . .
Some recent activities:
|Sr. Johnice takes time to reflect on the story of a victim of domestic abuse, part of a "Silent Witness" display in Spring 1997
• Sending Amnesty International letters in support of prisoners of conscience
• Earth Day celebrations
• Participation in the For Whom the Bells Toll Campaign to end the death penalty
• Efforts to eliminate Human Trafficking
• Advocacy to close the School of the Americas (WHINSEC) and participation in the annual vigil at Ft. Benning, GA
• Studying the Earth Charter
• The Woodlands Immersion Experience
Amnesty International www.amnestyusa.org
Bread for the World www.bread.org
Center of Concern www.coc.org
The Earth Charter www.earthcharterusa.org
National Catholic Rural Life Conference www.ncrlc.com
Pax Christi USA www.paxchristiusa.org
|School Sister of Notre Dame and School Sisters of St. Francis join Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and Associates in "The Cosmos Speaks"--June 2001
||Sisters, Associates and guests plant flowering crab tree on Motherhouse grounds as part of Earth Day 2006 celebration