Lent 2019: Examining Your Relationship with Creation
This Lent, we are all invited to restore not only our relationship with our Creator, but also with the entire Earth community God creates.
Throughout Lent, we are reminded that the practice of fasting has an ecological face. For example, we might concentrate on our consumption of water and electricity; on where we obtain our food and who worked to harvest it; on how we can act for justice so that all the Earth’s people can access clean water, sustainable power, and local food.
The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach is working with the Inter-religious Working Group on Extractive Industries on a number of resources and reflections that help you examine your relationship with God’s creation and reflect on your choices as a consumer. Specifically, we ask you to consider how your purchases may contribute to extractive industries – such as oil and gas drilling, coal and mineral mining, large-scale hydro-electric dams – that are harming the environment and vulnerable people and communities.
To assist you in this Lenten journey, we have one resource or reflection you can complete during each week of Lent.
- Ash Wednesday: Signs of the Time: Responding to the Cry of Creation with Hearts Full of Mercy
- Week 1: Reconciling God, Creation, and Humanity: Ecological Examen
- Week 2: The Story of Stuff
- Week 3: Extractive Industries: A Statement from the Missionary Society of St. Columban
- Week 4: "Purchasing is a Moral Act:" A Consumer Examination for People of Faith (en español)
- Week 5: Columban Creation Covenant
- Week 6: Advocacy Action: Support Environmental Human Rights Defenders
- Easter: "Proclaiming the Resurrection at the Foot of the Cross"
- Easter & Beyond: Novena for Earth Defenders
We are grateful to journey with you during this holy season.