Jesuits urged to pray, think, act to promote ecological responsibility
(September 29, 2011) Jesuit communities around the world have been asked to make
their buildings more energy efficient, help the farmers they work with use sustainable
agricultural practices and launch programs in their universities to promote both theological
reflection and scientific research on protecting the environment. A 68-page special
report on ecology, "Healing a Broken World," was published in mid-September by the
Jesuit headquarters in Rome. The report called on Jesuits and their collaborators
to confront their own resistance and "cast a grateful look on creation, letting our
heart be touched by its wounded reality and making a strong personal and communal
commitment to healing it." Written by an international task force of five Jesuits
and a laywoman, the report called for biblical and spiritual reflection on the gift
of creation and an understanding of environmental protection as a justice issue, since
it is the poor who suffer first and most severely from the destruction of environment.
"Creation, the life-giving gift of God, has become material, extractable and marketable,"
the document said. People have allowed technology and rationality to dominate the
way they look at the physical world, "blunting our sensitivity to the mystery, diversity
and vastness of life and the universe," it said.