How to be an eco-friendlier Catholic?
This experiment will focus primarily on ecological commitment, connecting it to our Catholic faith and Ignatian spirituality.
Answering Pope Francis’ call for ecological conversion in his encyclical Laudato sí, we want to engage in an intellectual and spiritual path in order to attain a more sustainable lifestyle. We will adopt an integral approach – joining heads, hearts and hands. Our first goal, then, is to gain insight, analyzing the current ecological challenges and looking for solutions. We want to discover the wisdom of our faith tradition on the subject of environment (head). But we need a change of heart (or soul, if you like) too, taking on a deeper approach. We will meditate upon Scripture, following the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. Finally, we want to move on to concrete action (hands): going out to explore nature, attending workshops which can make a real change in our lives.
“Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.” (Laudato sí, Paragraph 42)
Readiness to explore an eco-friendly lifestyle
Necessary items to bring
Apart from indoor clothing and slippers, you will need clothing for the outdoor activities (excursion, gardening), too. Be prepared for sunny and hot weather as well as rainy days. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a lunchbox, a water-bottle, your smartphone (if you have one), and some food-speciality from your country.
- Fr. Walter Ceyssens SJ
- Sr. Zsuzsanna Laczkó SJC
Heart Spirituality Center, Tahitótfalu (Hungary), Tahi is a little town in the Bend of the Danube. Both the forests of the Pilis hills and the riverside of the Danube are within walking distance from the spirituality center.