Fifty-seven (57) priests, 48 diocesan and 9 Passionists, made their recollection on March 2-3, 2009 at the Our Lady of Mt. Matutum Trappistine Monastery, Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Speaker was Fr. Pablo Tiong, OP, a theologian and a budding environmentalist.
Topic: “Ecology” (Communion of all, human and non-human).
Talk 1: Reestablishing intimacy with Nature, Mother Earth, by affirming the essential connection of the Cycle of Nature, especially the day and night cycle with Christian spirituality: morning prayer (dawn); and evening prayer (dusk).
In the Lord’s prayer we ask God to “give us this day our daily bread”. We do not ask God to give us this day our weekly/monthly/yearly bread. This makes us aware of the daily cycle of day and night, of lights and shadows, of being continually in touch with God, our Father.
Talk 2: “Social Structural Renewal Beyond the Personal Demands of the Kingdom”.
Biblical foundations. Ps. 24:1: “The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the World and all its peoples”. PS. 33:10-11: “He frustrates the designs of the nations, he defeats the plans of the peoples. His own design shall stand forever, the plans of his heart from age to age.”
Points: 1) who/where are the poor?; 2) Personal/communal faith-commitment to the poor; 3) structural renewal and our faith commitment to the poor.
So many poor. Causes of poverty are personal greed and structural injustices – the “structures of sin” (cf. “Sollicetudo Rei Socialis”, 36 and “Libertatis Conscientia”, 74).
Social (societal) structures have impact on the care of environment. Connectedness between environment and social structures. Unjust structures destroy/degrade environment; degraded environment has negative impact on society and the cycle of injustice, degraded environment and poverty goes on and on.
So, we have to renew persons and transform structures of sin into structures of solidarity (communion and love) and we shall have a human-friendly (beneficial) environment.
This is our faith-commitment. This is our prophetic task. This is natural (nature’s) law applied. (From notes by Fr. Joy Peliño).