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The Cry of the Earth

Twenty-six years ago, we lived in Motueka and one of our favourite weekend outings was to take the 12-minute drive down to the Kumaras, a wilderness reserve on the Motueka foreshore. Motueka sits to the side of Tasman Bay on the flood plain of the Motueka River, which emerges from the hills behind Motueka, runs […]

Something Old – Something New

Part 4 of 7 A Possible Marist Integral Ecology  Part 3 The third of three Circles: ‘to act justly’ Framework 1. Circle 3: Mission in an Eco-Conscious World In our first article we reflected on ‘walking humbly with God’ [Micah 6:8] — personal holiness — the first of three inter-related, and inter-connected circles, for a possible Marist […]

Something Old – Something New [1]

Part 3 of 7 A Possible Marist Integral Ecology – Part 2 [The second of three Circles: ‘to love tenderly’] Circle 2: ‘Loving tenderly’ – The Ecological Community In our last article we reflected on ‘walking humbly with God’ [Micah 6:8] — personal holiness — the first of three inter-related, and inter-connected circles, for a possible Marist Integral […]

Something Old – Something New [1]

Exploring Frameworks for Marist Eco-Spirituality and Practice Part 1 of 7  Some years ago, a few questions began bubbling away within me: Who is God in an ever-expanding Universe? How does my relationship with God change as our world view widens? Who is Jesus, and who is his mother Mary, in these times when science […]

Laudato Si’ Week 16 – 24 May

The material in this article is drawn mostly from https://laudatosiweek.org/ Laudato Si’:On Care for Our Common Home Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology was signed on 24 May 2015, the Solemnity of Pentecost. Its title means Praise be to You in the Umbrian dialect spoken by St. Francis. The encyclical is a reflection […]

Marian Ecological Centre, Suva, Fiji

Care and Love for All creation The Approach The approach begins with the Spirit of Mary, the spirit of humility — Mary as the humus, the soil of God from which the Word was made flesh and became the new creation. In our Pacific context, the soil which makes up the land is vital to us. […]

Tuesday 23 May

Acts 16:22-34; Psalm 138; John 16:5-11 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved Today's extract from Acts makes sober reading for those of us who have recently been affected by earth movements. We know the shock and apprehension that accompanies the sudden and violent upheavals of our earth. Can we remain steadfast […]

How Green Is Francis?

  With Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, a sea-change is sweeping in. It invites, even demands, that we all reflect on our preaching, spirituality and lifestyle. What it asks of us is that unless we accept Francis’ challenge we will be part of the culture of indifference or resignation that is gradually […]

Wednesday 30 July

Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21; Ps 59; Matthew 13:44-46 Treasure The peasant discovers treasure in the field. The merchant finds a pearl of great value. Both went to great lengths to keep their treasures. What do you most treasure – family, health, friends, employment, wealth, environment? God does not say what we value is wrong. He asks […]

Wednesday 26 June

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Ps 105, Matthew 7:15-20 Look up to heaven My youngest son was given a telescope to remember his Confirmation. Looking up to the heavens gives him (and us): an opportunity to stand in awe of creation; an opportunity to experience the abundance of our creator; an opportunity to remember the promises of […]