Bishop Dinualdo led the faithful of the Diocese of Marbel in launching the diocesan-wide educational campaign on integral ecology, 18 August 2015, Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Aims: (1) integral ecology is understood, appreciated and practiced by the participants; (2) simplicity of lifestyle is adopted; (3) prayers said to praise God for his creations; (4) Pastoral Letter launching the campaign, read; (5) bonding strengthened.
Activities: (1) chanted mid-morning praise between the exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament; (2) Bishop’s sharing on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si’”, with open-forum; (3) Mass – Fr. Romeo Catedral, presider; Deacon – Jesreel Calopez, homilist; (4) reading of pastoral letter; (5) Prayer to Care for Our Common Home; (6) shared lunch.
Framework of Bishop’s sharing: (1) global situation; (2) analysis; (3) Theological reflection (Bible and Church’s teachings); (4) pastoral action. “SEE, JUDGE, ACT”.
Global situation: global warming/climate change.
a. Increasing rise of Earth’s temperature due to greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides, etc. Pollution – air, soil, water. Waste and throwaway culture. Effects: deaths – human, animals, plants. Natural calamities: typhoons (hurricanes), floodings, drought, desertification, melting of polar icecaps, increase in sea level, etc.
b. Human roots of ecological crisis.
Greed, individual and corporate. Irresponsibility. Ignorance, inefficiency, indifference, corruption. Model of development – technological-economic, profit-driven, exclusive-without concern for the environment, human rights and cultural tradition.
c. The Gospel of Creation
Faith tells us God created the universe out of love. The creation accounts suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, neighbors, Earth.
Variety of creatures makes up for the limitations of others. Each species enriches the ecosystem.
These diverse creatures are all interconnected. What happens to one affects the whole.
Human beings, created after the image and likeness of God, were entrusted with the care and protection of the earth.
Development and protection for the sake of the present generation as well as for generations to come.
Prudence and cautions are to be employed in developing new varieties. “When in doubt, never act” is a prudent saying. Verify. Inquire.
Justice, peace and the environment are inseparable. “Laudato Si’” is about justice: to God, others – especially the poor – and Mother Earth – our common home.
Participants: Total – 356.
Lay leaders – 248 from 27 parishes. Priests – 63 (diocesan, including Bishop – 46; Passionist Fathers – 13; capuchins – 2; Claretians – 2). Religious Sisters – 28 Passionist Sisters – 8; Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts – 4; AR Sisters – 3; OND Sisters – 3; Marist Sisters – 5;’ OP Sisters – 1; Trinitarian Handmaids of the Divine Word – 2; Poor Clares – 2. Marist Brothers – 3. Diocesan Seminarians – 8. Deacon – 1. CP – 2 deacons and 3 pastoral.
Venue hosts: Jesus, the Good Shepherd Parish. Co-hosts – Parishes in Koronadal Valley Vicariate.
Congratulations! Thank you!
Note: After lunch priests met. Approved: 1) prayer, caravan, rally to STOP AERIAL SPRAYING, 1st September 2015; (2) survey on priests’ shepherding/stewardship.