HOPE spring 2015 — Cherishing creation
“Our promise in this time is to be God’s loving care for all creation, to be one of the ways God sustains life. We desire to live in right relationship with our Earth and with all that dwells on Earth.”
But failing to assess the full cost and the real “good” is a prime source of environmental, social and economic degradation and has long-term consequences for the viability of life on Earth. Finding balance with an eye to the long-term when weighing environmental, social and economic factors is at the very heart of achieving sustainability.
We hope this portion of the Sisters of Providence land ethic offers you ideas for creating your own guiding principals for living in harmony with creation.
How does one fit living an ecologically friendly lifestyle into the busyness of life? For Providence Associates Jennifer and Duane Drake, it’s about being gentle with themselves in the process.
“Sister Helen is truly one of the most amazing community organizers with whom I have ever worked. The threads in her life and her Sister of Providence perspective on breaking boundaries and creating hope have made her a perfect fit for Southern Mutual Help Association.”
“She taught all of us … a way of thinking and living in a much bigger world than most of us had experienced before. Caring for each other, the earth and people we would never know was as normal as breathing to Sister Helen.” — Julia Boarini Conaghan, ’73
This photo album shows some of what the Sisters of Providence ministry White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is doing to promote hope and healing for Earth.
Can’t you just image Mother Theodore reaching down to pick a beautiful American coneflower, or dandelion or even her favorite linden leaf while walking in the woods on a gorgeous spring day?
Together, we make a difference. Check out the Sisters of Providence fundraising revenue, income, expenses, statistics and more in the 2014 Sisters of Providence annual report.
Dynamic, engaging and witty. Nationally renowned speaker, author and Sister of St. Francis Ilia Delio will bring her unique perspective to Providence theology on June 19, 2015 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
The Sisters of Providence ministry educating toward care for creation at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is attracting young women to joining the Congregation.
“We have forced the planet to supply all our needs and given nothing in return — thus alienating our very life source and now the earth cries out in pain. How can we abandon that cry?”
“Living sustainably has always been a way for me to live out my spiritual life. I feel it has helped me connect the way I live day in and day out, hour to hour to the meaning of my life.”
Sister Jean Fuqua’s decades-long task of revisioning the area around St. Joseph’s Lake at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and calling others forward to help has resulted in restoration of the habitat and a beautiful space for the sisters to enjoy.
As we all strive to make decisions to bring hope and healing to Earth community, here are some resources suggested by staff members at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence.
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