Franciscan Brothers Mountbellew
We are a Brotherhood of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi,
a lay religious Institute of Religious Life, with our motherhouse at Mountbellew, Ireland
We are a Religious Institute of Brothers who follow the Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. Through community, through prayer and simplicity and in partnership with the local church, we work towards the fullness of life promised us by Jesus. Our own communities are the first areas in which we seek to show love in service and in truth. We commit ourselves to find practical and relevant ways to reinforce our penitential orientation, personally and communally, and to reject those elements which deflect our options for God and the poor. We joyfully commit ourselves to the empowerment of peoples especially the poor, through prayer and Christian formation, in education, social work, agriculture, formation to religious life, care of our sick and ageing members and caring for all God’s creation.
OF THE HOLY FATHER
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs” (para. 1)
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. Here I want to recognize, encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.
I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity. As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated: “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation”. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.
(Laudato Si’ 13-14)
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