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follow-up to the All School Retreat, I encourage you to take the time to review
Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and
Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching and incorporate
this teaching into your family discussions. The
In Section IV.A, the Bishops express theological and pastoral concerns: An ordered love for creation, therefore, is ecological without being egocentric. We can and must care for the earth without mistaking it for the ultimate object of our devotion. A Christian love of the natural world, as St. Francis showed us, can restrain grasping and wanton human behavior and help mightily to preserve and nurture all that God has made. We believe that faith in a good and loving God is a compelling source of passionate and enduring care for all creation.
The Bishops address specific groups in Section V.B and say: We invite teachers and educators to emphasize, in their classrooms and curricula, a love for God’s creation, a respect for nature, and a commitment to practices and behavior that bring these attitudes into the daily lives of their students and themselves. We also urge celebrants and liturgy committees to incorporate themes into prayer and worship that emphasize our responsibility to protect all of God’s creation… All of us need both a spiritual and a practical vision of stewardship and co-creation that guide our choices as consumers, citizens, and workers. We need, in the now familiar phrase, to “think globally and act locally,” finding the ways in our own situation to express a broader ethic of genuine solidarity.
The principles in Renewing the Earth underline this year’s All School Retreat in which Holy Cross chose to focus on the moral challenge of the environmental crisis. Holy Cross education is grounded in social justice education. Daily, as Catholic Christians, we renew and celebrate our relationship with God in Christ and strive to be mindful of the entire family of God. During this time of Lent, this retreat is aimed at awakening our sense of responsibility for the common good and a determination to reform our destructive actions. In the months ahead, you will hear of many activities in which we hope to extend this year’s retreat theme, e.g. recycling, simplicity, self-control, wonder, delight. I hope you and your families will join AHC in reflecting more deeply on the religious dimensions of ecological issues. God bless you for your support of Holy Cross in so many ways.
Sister Katherine Kase, CSC
Head of School/CEO