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The empty chair is ours

I was listening last evening  to the presentation given by Sir David  Attenborough at the UN Climate Change Summit which is now happening in Poland (3-14 Dec 2018).  He was chosen to represent the world’s people in addressing delegates of almost 200 nations who are in Katowice to negotiate how to turn pledges made in the 2015 Paris climate deal into reality. Earlier ...

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Fast Fashion issues

The COP24 (Convention on Climate Change) will be held in Katowice, Poland from 2-14 December.  The hope is that it will unleash the full potential of the Paris Agreement by finalising the Paris Agreement Work Programme. This will put into place the practical implementation guidelines needed to make real this historic agreement that aims to limit global warming to well ...

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Justice for All: People and Planet

Justice  for All: People and Planet ‘Love  one another & spend yourselves for the poor’. The provincial Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission will hold a Day for Justice on November 24th, 2018 at Mount St Anne’s, Retreat and Conference Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois, exploring the theme: ‘Justice For All: People and Planet’. The keynote speaker is ...

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Feast day of St. Francis

Today October 4th, is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, patron of animals, birds, conservationists and naturalists.  He was born in 1281, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant.  As a young man he fought in the war between Perugia and Assisi. He was taken prisoner and became very ill. He returned home ...

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A Prayer for our Earth

The beautiful icon of Nano Nagle created by the artist Desmond Kyne is alive with colour and symbolism that enables us to get to know ‘…who Nano was and who she is today’.  It depicts a young and vibrant ‘Nano’ which seems to be so apt, especially in this tercentenary year of her birth (1718) when her living legacy continues ...

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How should we live?

A recent article prompted me to think outside the usual way of seeing things in relation to lifestyle choices and care of our common home.  Among many valuable thought provoking points made in the piece, I have chosen to mention those which struck a particular chord in relation to continuing to walk lightly on the Earth. There is a  need to ...

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Season of Creation

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world will unite to pray and care for creation. It is the “Season of Creation,” and it is happening from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to La Paz.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “walking together”.  There are endless ways as a community to show you are on a journey towards better ...

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Summer time

Summertime this year has been marked by the light and heat of the sun.  The days are longer and warmer than we could ever imagine for an Irish summer. In ancient cultures, people were closely connected to the seasonal cycles and rhythms.  Noticing and responding to the different ‘beat’ of each season can enable us not only to  flow with ...

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Political connectedness

We are constantly exposed to a political agenda.  Indeed, there is an ongoing debacle in the media worldwide in recent days on the fall-out from the post Brexit vote discussions and resignations in the UK parliament, and the post Trump Press conference analysis on Russian-American  relations.  This reflects a seemingly growing preoccupation with ‘power and personality’ and the ‘power of ...

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Fossil Fuel Divestment

The passing of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill on the afternoon of Thursday 12th July  2018, has made history.  Ireland is the first country in the world to commit to withdrawing public money invested in fossil fuels, the industry which is contributing most to climate change. This Bill will stop public money being invested against the public interest, and it sends ...

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