A “Secular Jewish Feminist,” Naomi Klein, Responds to Laudato Si


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This point is made forcefully by the Irish Catholic priest and theologian Sen McDonagh, who was part of the drafting process for the encyclical. His voice booming from the audience, he urges us not to hide from the fact that the love of nature embedded in the encyclical represents a profound and radical shift from traditional Catholicism. We are moving to a new theology, he declares.

My dinner companions have been some of biggest troublemakers within the Church for years, the ones taking Christs proto-socialist teachings seriously. Patrick Carolan, the Washington, D.C.-based executive director of the Franciscan Action Network, is one of them.

Living our vocation to be protectors of Gods handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.

An evangelism of ecology, I realize, is what I have been witnessing take shape during the past three days in Romein the talk of spreading the good news of the encyclical, of taking the Church on the road, of a peoples pilgrimage for the planet, in Miranda laying out plans to spread the encyclical in Brazil through radio ads, online videos, and pamphlets for use in parish study groups.

Father McDonagh proposes a three-year synod on the encyclical, to educate Church members about this new theology of interconnection and integral ecology.

They remain convinced that the right combination of argument, emotion and experience can lead to life-altering transformations. That, after all, is the essence of conversion.

Becoming “All Embracing”

A facebook post.

“Catholics” and “Ex-Cathoics” Discovering Basic Meaning of the term, i.e. “All Embracing”

“Ex-Catholic” facebook friends! And friends of “Ex-Catholics!”

Please join in a conversation that harvests pope Francis’ “Care For Our Common Home.”

The fundamental meaning of “catholic” is NOT the official Roman Church. It’s a word that means “all-embracing,” going back to the Greek origins in “kata”—with respect to, and “holos”—whole

We can begin to heal from the many deviation from perfection and imbecilities of our original “Roman Catholic” socialization, and derive great psychic energies from participation in the global social movement to care for our common home the all-embracing Pope is accelerating.

Viva, the billion plus “Catholics” to be blessed this round with an All Embracing, i.e. catholic, Identity.

“No one captures the flag!” We “hold our dogmas lightly!”

We’re catholics, i.e. working, meditating, praying, to become all embracing!

The all embracing pope prays that we will be all embracing, not just with all humans, but every creature of our Sister Mother Earth’s flowering.

Helping us in our discovering the worth of each thing…with awe and contemplation…that we are profoundly united with every creature

Becoming all embracing!

Deconstructing The Meaning of Catholic, i.e. All-Embracing

Including a wide variety of things; all-embracing:


Late Middle English: from Old French catholique or late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos ‘universal’, from kata ‘with respect to’ + holos ‘whole’.

Good Jesuit Pope Francis’ Encylopedia “On Care For Our Common Home”


A Perennial Wisdom Small C Baptized Catholic Dialogue

Sweet Water Foundation projects are very congruent the pope’s “prayer for our earth,” which concludes the encyclical.

  • filling our hearts with peace while protecting life and beauty

  • sustaining partnerships with the forgotten of this earth

  • touching the hearts of those looking only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth

  • discovering the worth of each thing…with awe and contemplation…that we are profoundly united with every creature

A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Holy Spirit, by your light
you… accompany creation as it groans in travail.

wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.

Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

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