Men of Heart with Others
For Saint Augustine, practical love of neighbor is a key component of the pilgrimage to Christ. The Augustinians partner with lay men and women in a number of ministries in over 40 countries on every continent of the world. We invite you to learn about our various ministries.
What St. Augustine Says
1,600 years ago, Saint Augustine taught that following Christ involves a concern for the common good. As Augustine states in the Rule which governs the Augustinian way of life, the more concerned we are about the common good, the more progress we have made in our spiritual journey (Rule, V).
How to Respond
Both Augustine and Catholic Social Teaching invite us to a discussion on care of the environment. In the Augustinian general chapter of 2019, the Order of St. Augustine committed itself to promote education, reflection, and action related to the Seven Laudato Si goals over the course of the next six years.
The Seven Laudato Si Goals
The Response to the Cry of the Earth is a call to protect our common home for the wellbeing of all. Actions could include the adoption of renewable energies and energy sufficiency measures and guaranteeing access to clean water for all.
The Response to the Cry of the Poor is a call to promote eco-justice, aware that we are called to defend human life from conception to death, and all forms of life on Earth. Actions could include projects to promote solidarity, with special attention given to vulnerable groups such as indigenous communities, refugees, migrants, and children at risk.
Ecological Economics acknowledges that the economy is called to prioritize people and the planet over profit. Our very religious life is called to be a social statement on an economy of exclusion, which places people and planet at the service of the economy (favoring an extremely limited privileged few) rather than promoting an economy of inclusion, at the service of growth toward abundant life for all. Actions could include sustainable production and consumption, ethical investments, divestment from fossil fuels.
The Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles is grounded in the idea of sufficiency, and promoting sobriety in the use of resources and energy. Actions could include reducing waste and recycling, adopting sustainable dietary habits (opting for a more plant-based diet and reducing meat consumption), greater use of public transport, active mobility (walking, cycling), and avoiding single use items (e.g. plastic, clothes and the like), a simpler life style, more in tune with our religious profession of voluntary poverty.
Ecological Education is about re-thinking and re-designing in the spirit of integral ecology in order to foster ecological awareness and transformative action. Actions could include ensuring equitable access to education for all and promoting human rights, fostering Laudato Si’ themes within the community. That means preaching on the Gospel imperative embodied in the principles of Catholic social thought, assuring their inclusion in all the courses taught in our own institutions and promoted wherever we minister. This is where we could promote articles and blogs in mass media on the Augustinian perspective on the environment, utilize our branded communications to give witness to our commitment, encourage symposia and provide formation content on Integral Ecology.
Ecological Spirituality recovers a religious vision of God’s creation in a spirit of wonder, praise, joy and gratitude. Actions could include promoting creation-centered liturgical celebrations, developing ecological catechesis, retreats and formation programs, and praying in nature. This is where our Augustinian perspective can be brought to bear, in and through our devotions, prayer life, vigils and such.
Actions could include promoting advocacy and developing people’s campaigns, engagement with decision-makers, and encouraging rootedness and a sense of belonging in local communities and neighborhood ecosystems.
Reflect & Respond Today
- This day seeks to involve people, businesses and governments everywhere to take action on critical environmental challenges.
Men of Heart with Others
Practical love of neighbor is a key component of the Augustinian pilgrimage to Christ.
The Augustinians partner with lay men and women in a number of ministries in over 40 countries on every continent of the world.We invite you to learn about about our various ministries and the many ways you can partner with us as we journey together to Christ.
The Augustinians serve in several parishes throughout the world. Learn more about our parishes here in the United States.
The Augustinians serve in serve in High Schools, colleges, and Universities throughout the world. Learn more about our educational ministries here in the United States.
Justice & Peace
The Augustinians work to address the immediate needs to people in our local neighborhoods and around the world while also working to eliminate the systemic causes of suffering and injustice.
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