Springs of Hope
We join with the Earth and with each other.
We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery for the healing of the Earth and the renewal of all life. Amen.
A rapper, Boldy James reminds us: “We must not only heal the suffering that oppression causes, but we must also heal the suffering that causes oppression.”
Even as we may despair in these times of crisis, we must also raise up the signs of hope that are springing up everywhere.
Amazing collaborations are emerging in every sphere of influence, from personal to corporate levels. There is a newly found focus on addressing the root causes of injustice, promoting and strengthening human communities, and fostering the well-being of both humanity and the planet.
The voices of youth are being heard. Our own Canadian youth leader, environmentalist and global influencer Kehkashan Basu, is joining others like Greta Thunberg on the world stage in calling us all to be agents of change and hope for the most vulnerable.
The University of Guelph in Ontario is starting a new program: a Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice program that is the first of its kind in Canada. It will braid together indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge in this field; a concrete furthering of the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.
A global interfaith movement is happening through the Parliament of World Religions. In 2018, in Toronto, Canada, it brought together 7,500 participants from over 80 countries, representing 220 religions, spiritual traditions and others, to share on the theme: The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love.
It tirelessly continues the work of education and advocacy manifesting its vison of a world of peace, justice and sustainability.
Be encouraged by these examples. Take time to reflect on the life affirming actions that you, as an engaged citizen, are participating in with the collaboration of others. Be bold!
Even the smallest action contributes to the building up of a new society. Dare to value yourself and your groups as much needed signs of hope in these times believing that change is possible.
Sustainer of Life,
You desire for us the fullness of life.
You live in hope that we will ‘fall in love’ with Earth – ever more deeply.
Only then will we truly see the cosmic beauty in which we are immersed,
Like a babe in the womb, like a fish swimming
Unaware of its water oneness.
Only then will we truly hear the cries for justice rising from earth’s sufferings.
Only then will we truly hope
To courageously take responsibility for the well-being of all
And together work towards abundant life for all creation.
With your grace we can and we will.
- Sister Janet Speth, CSJ
By Sisters Betty Lou Knox, Mary Mettler and Janet Speth, CSJ