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Statement from Bishop Oscar Cantú

On this Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, I call your attention to an issue that has been a growing concern for the Church for decades and which Pope Francis has more recently highlighted, calling us to both reflection and action. This past June we marked the fourth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in which he invited all persons to care for “our common home,” the planet God created for humanity to inhabit. Pope Francis expressed the need for an “ecological conversion” — that living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue, to a Christian life (LS 217). All Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education (LS 214). more-

Click on the Laudato Si additional resources below:

“Get Started at Your Parish!” 

“Answer the call to ecological stewardship with awareness and education at your parish! Download the official discussion guide published by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and learn about:

 

  • morality and spirituality
  • integral ecology
  • protecting human life
  • global solidarity,
  • and so much more

Don’t forget to contact Marcus Cabrera for extra support from the diocesan committee on environmental awareness, Stewards of Our Common Home!”

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Stewards Charter – From the CA Conference of Catholic Bishops

Stewards of Our Common Home is committed to carrying out the vision of the CCC in the Diocese of San Jose. Please review the ministerial call on all the faithful explained by the CCC, and how you can make a difference in the DSJ!

https://www.cacatholic.org/common-home-summary

We Bishops are committed to helping fulfill Pope Francis’ teachings in Laudato Si’—calling the faithful to a commitment to solidarity, responsibility, and compassionate care of all humanity. Working together with our pastoral leaders and Catholic institutions, in communion with Christ and with one another in the Eucharist, we are pledged to bring the Pope’s message to people throughout California. To inspire care for our common home, we invite Californians to contemplate what we each can do through our various ‘ecological vocations’:

 Pastoral leaders and Catholic institutions. Encourage the faithful to take the St. Francis Pledge to pray, act, and advocate for solutions to climate disruption. Integrate the messages of Laudato Si’ in our worship, and share practical tools of teaching that proclaim the encyclical’s themes. Examine opportunities to adopt practices that promote renewable energy, divestment from fossil fuels, water conservation, and environmental health and social initiatives with special attention to the needs of the poor and excluded.

 Youth and young adults. Seek opportunities to pray in natural surroundings; initiate conversations with older adults about environmental protection and a more inclusive society. Consider how one’s career can be balanced with the call to care for our common home and to engage others in ways to help heal the earth.

 Parents, teachers, and catechists. Help create an environmental consciousness and environmental literacy that promotes the principles of Laudato Si’ in every family’s lifestyle—including protecting nature, combatting poverty, and restoring dignity to the excluded. Ensure that environmental education in our learning institutions is based on both authentic scientific and ethical principles (LS 209-215). Expand opportunities for outdoor environmental education. Integrate themes from Laudato Si’ throughout all Catholic educational ministries and programs.

 Public officials. Address environmental issues with an integral approach that cares for all of creation’s ecological, social, cultural, and economic dimensions. Enact policies that improve air quality, reduce polluting gases, strengthen water systems, protect precious ecosystems, and support the health of our citizens. Ensure that transition from a fossil-based economy does not burden the poor.

 Leaders in business. Reflect thoughtfully on your vocation in the light of Laudato Si’s message regarding economics, finance, and business practices. Evaluate your business’ support of a transition toward sustainability, authentic human development, as well as the impact of commerce on the poor. Consider to what extent your business enterprise, its products, and its marketing meet genuine human needs and promotes the common good.

 Those who work the land and care for it. Reflect on how your work can best balance economic production and environmental protection with attention to greater sustainability. With others, foster agricultural economies that are socially inclusive and address the needs of the hungry. Protect and educate the public about the value of ecosystems and how we can best live in a harmonious relationship with nature in the light of climate disruption, fires, and droughts.

 Artists and innovators. Discover new ways to highlight the beauty of creation and inspire a culture of ecological and human care in the light of the moral applications of the Pope’s encyclical. Evaluate how your art, design and innovation shape human culture. Invite entrepreneurship in technological development that renews human culture and the common good.

The Bishops hope this consideration of the ways Laudato Si’ relates to our personal lives will inspire the faithful and all people of good will to pursue creative responses to Pope Francis’ call for a spiritual renewal, and that we will respond with life-giving measures as we move into the challenges we are facing in the 21st century.

 

“If we approach nature and the environment without…openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.”

“Man is suddenly becoming aware that by an ill-considered exploitation of nature he risks destroying it and becoming in his turn the victim of this degradation. Not only is the material environment becoming a permanent menace – pollution and refuse, new illness and absolute destructive capacity – but the human framework is no longer under man’s control, thus creating an environment for tomorrow which may well be intolerable. This is a wide-ranging social problem which concerns the entire human family” 

Events and News

Aaron Kinney and Linden Skjeie from City Hall of San Jose met with Stewards of Our Common Home to discuss many environmentally conscious initiatives. See the flyers to find out more, and contact Marcus Cabrera