“This Good Work” is the Congregation’s bi-monthly e-newsletter to give witness to Precious Blood Spirituality through the lens of social justice, rooted in Gospel values and Catholic social teaching. In it we share real, legitimate information and ways Sisters are thinking about and living out many issues of peace, justice and ecology. This is curated by Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator Jen Morin-Williamson and features articles by Sisters.
Responding to the cry of the Earth
By Jen Morin-Williamson, Peace, Justice, and Ecology Coordinator
I carry reusable bags into the grocery, use cloth napkins at dinner and say “no thank you” to straws in restaurants. I compost, recycle and thrift shop. I am that person. My actions reflect the values of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in responding to the cry of the blood of Christ, which is poured out for all, especially the poor. Climate change disproportionally affects the poor.
In June 2015, Pope Francis published his second encyclical, called “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home,” in which he takes an honest and hard look at the impact of human beings on the planet. (Read it free here.) After years of consulting with scientists from around the world, Pope Francis felt compelled to address this letter to everyone on the planet to work together to address the degradation of the environment and the resulting acceleration of climate change. He beautifully weaves together our biblical understanding of humans’ right relationship with nature and our Church teaching that stresses the inter-relationship of all living and nonliving things — both living creatures and plants as well as the planet itself. This calls for a shift toward a cultural mindset prioritizing people AND the environment over domination, consumerism and profit. Read More
Caring for our common home with clean solar energy
By Sister Linda Pleiman, CPPS
Over many years, the Sisters of the Precious Blood have taken actions to help protect our environment where and when we can. We have been recycling, changing out our light bulbs to LEDs, and adjusting our thermostats either lower or higher to reduce our fossil fuel consumption. In our most recent Assemblies, there were Directives encouraging the Congregation to take more steps to support the environment and reduce our “carbon footprint.” In 2015, our congregational leadership decided that it was time to explore solar energy production with our properties in Dayton. Read More
Precious Planet Awards
By Sister Marla Gipson, CPPS
Recently I was privileged to participate in part of a plan to put Laudato Si into action. This plan came about through the creative efforts initiated by Jen Morin-Williamson, our peace, justice and ecology coordinator, as she reflected on the Sisters’ legacy as educators alongside her own experience of parenting children. She pondered how something sustainable could connect school children and their families with the teachings of Laudato Si. Read More
Tea roses and me
By Sister Mary Garascia, CPPS
Three years ago, during the first spring after I moved into Salem Heights, our central house in Dayton, I resumed one of my “hobbies,” growing hybrid tea roses. I’ve added a couple of them in each year since then, mostly to the front rose bed. Flowers are beautiful, but modern roses are beautiful “in spades” because they bloom continuously all summer.
I really became pretty good at growing roses when I met Father Richard Jozwiack. A senior priest in the Saginaw diocese, he helped in the parish I led. He had lost his rose garden when he retired to a condo, so I invited him to start one in the yard of our parish house. I became his assistant and student, and by the end of my term, we had over 100 different hybrid tea roses! Read More