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Lenten Novena: International Women’s Day

Women in Africa are courageously speaking out about their particular concerns in areas scarred by mining and are pointing the way to a future of smaller-scale extraction of natural resources that benefits local communities and minimizes impact on Earth. We pray that their voices be heard in discussions of implementing global goals for sustainable development. Prayer: “God of love, may we grow in our love for you, responding with justice and mercy to the cry of the poor and with reverence...

Lenten Novena: We Are Called to Be Fertile, Fruitful and Faithful

“In calling to mind the figure of St. Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with Creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion, which entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures, and leads to heartfelt repentance and desire for change.” – Laudato Si’ 218. Indigenous peoples around the world call us to stand in solidarity with them and with Earth out of love, not anger or hate. Will we hear their challenge to us to break our addiction to fossil fuels that is....

Lenten Novena: What Have We Done to Our Earth and Our Native Sisters and Brothers?

Residents of Flint, Michigan, have been dealing not only with contaminated water but with the psychological ramifications of knowing that authorities ignored a massive public health hazard for far too long. We pray with our native sisters and brothers that we heed this warning, hold our elected officials to greater account and take actions on our own when necessary to protect our land, water and communities..

Lenten Novena: Call to Repentance

The Internet, social media and a fast-paced modern lifestyle too often cause relationships – among people, with Earth and with God – to suffer. We repent of our neglect of our neighbors, of communities most impacted by extractive industries and of all of creation. Mercy Sister Edia Lopez, who ministers with the Ngäbe people of Panama protesting a hydro-electric dam that threatens to flood their cultural heritage, calls us to change the nature of our relationships in order to achieve a new type of development that benefits people and Earth...

Lenten Novena: Standing Rock and the Cry of the Earth

The water protectors have caught the global imagination, with indigenous people and their allies traveling to North Dakota from around the world to join the Standing Rock in prayer for tribal rights and for creation. We join in song as “the whole world is watching.” Prayer: “God of love, may we grow in our love for you, responding with justice and mercy to the cry of the poor and with reverence and care to the cry of the earth...

Lenten Novena: Standing Rock and the Cry of Indigenous Peoples

The Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, collectively known as the water protectors, were praying for months to change the minds and hearts of policymakers determined to build the Dakota Access Pipeline near the tribe’s lands. Their pleas at the construction site against both the desecration of their land and the potential risk to the water supply for millions of people were greeted with violent...

Lenten Novena: Berta Caceres: A Laudato Si’ Martyr

Today we mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Berta Caceres, a leader of the Lenca people in Honduras and a human rights defender who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. She is among more than 120 people who have been killed in Honduras since 2010 for taking a stand against dams, mines, logging or agriculture on their land –murdered by state forces, security guards or hired assassins. Countless others have been threatened, attacked or imprisoned...

Lenten Novena: Ash Wednesday

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team developed this novena to invite people of faith to join in solidarity with people, especially indigenous communities, who are courageously speaking out against the impacts of extractive industries. Too many of them have sacrificed their lives to protect water, land and sacred territory. Despite their experience of life-destroying and systemic oppression, they continue to bear witness...

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