RESOURCES FOR OUR LENTEN REFLECTIONS
Two different Lenten reflection guides that you may wish to use this Lenten season, are attached to the email accompanying Bridges. They are:
A Journey Toward Ecological Conversion
(from Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns)
“We come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion, which entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults, and failures, and leads to heartfelt repentance and desire to change.”
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’
Repenting of Ecological Sin and Cultivating Ecological Virtues
(from Global Catholic Climate Movement)
The seven deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, sloth) can be a way to examine where we have turned away from our Creator and creation. Each sin is examined through the lens of creation and is paired with an ecological virtue that can help us to restore our relationships and to live in sublime communion.
- ECOLOGICAL SIN – Pride
Pride can lead to “usurping the place of God to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample God’s creation underfoot.” (LS 75) Lent is a time to reflect on the ways that we have placed ourselves, instead of God, at the center, and thus harmed God’s creation.
- ECOLOGICAL VIRTUE – Humility
The virtue of humility reminds us that “we are dust, and to dust we shall return.” We are creatures, not Creator, and we are called to live in deep communion with all of life.
- HEALING ACTION – Fast
Commit to giving up one thing this Lent to remind you of your complete dependence on God. Make your fast a way to protect creation, such as fasting from unnecessary shopping or car use, or eat more plant-based food.