Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 20, 2002
Sisters reflect on environment
Annual get-together marked by sharing on saving the earth
By RENATO GANDIA
"We're part of an organic whole and everything is precious and sacred."
- Sr. Margaret MacLean
Winski also mentioned about conscientious and intelligent use of water in different households and even use of paper at the workplace.
"We should also support any government and other agencies' actions around the issue of preserving the earth," Winski said.
In between reflection and sharing, the sisters did some simple things like painting rocks.
"It was a fun activity to get us back in touch with the earth, to allow for the expression of creativity," said Winski.
At the beginning of the assembly Sister Marion Garneau , of Sisters of Charity of Immaculate Conception, led the sisters in prayer using the Genesis account of creation and a text on the reverse of creation.
Said Sister Margaret MacLean, another Sister of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, "We're all called to live interdependently with all of the universe."
She believes each of the elements in the universe is ordained by God for a purpose. "We're part of an organic whole and everything is precious and sacred."
Communicating such truth to others begins with oneself, MacLean said.
"I have to see how God invites me to live here as a part of it, to be respectful of myself so that I can offer respect and be hospitable to all of God's creatures."
From the video, MacLean likes the idea of conservation as con-service, being called to be of service with the earth.
"I think fundamentally it has to be about relationship. How am I in relationship with myself, with the people who make up the parts of my daily life and with the universe, without which we can't live?"
Ursuline Sister Louisa Brost, affirmed what the video said: "Every song of every creature is important."
"I saw here the need to challenge different institutions to preserve the earth and be good to the earth. I think it's a good reminder for us and to be stimulated to think this way. The purpose for doing this today is to stimulate ourselves. We are public figures and we have to have some input on the issue."
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