The Call of the Magnificat
A DVD by Seescapes Publishing in highdef video
Water, land, air — our Earth Commons — is the blessing we share. Our Earth Commons is our life support system. We cannot stand silently by while others damage our Earth.
Mary's thankfulness, compassion, and service, as handmaid of the Lord, inspires us to help create, a global, believing community committed to act.
Mary is our perfect model for Reclaiming the Commons for the common good.
The meditations on this DVD are adapted from The Little Blue Book by Fr. Al Fritsch, S.J.
1. Reclaiming the Commons
2. The Call to Thankfulness
3. The Call to Compassion
4. The Call to Loving, Merciful Service
5. The Magnificat
Click here to read The Little Blue Book: A Blueprint for Radical Change by Al Fritsch, S.J.
To view a chapter of this meditation, click on the following videos.
1. Reclaiming the Commons
The air we all breathe. The water we all drink. The land that
feeds us all. Our Earth Commons
is the blessing we share. Mary is our perfect model for Reclaiming the Commons for the common good.
2. The Call of Thankfulness
We are called to do "great things" to help save our planet and our people. Like Mary, we are thankful for our blessing and for our ability to bless others.
3. The Call of Compassion
Mary, the first agent of change, encourages us to act as change agents committed to serving with compassion.
4. The Call of Loving, Merciful Service
Mary inspires us to help create a global believing community, committed to compassionate service. Her Magnificat rings in our ears,in our hearts, and in our actions.
5. The Magnificat
My soul proclaims your greatness, O God, and my spirit rejoices in you, my Savior. For you, the Almighty, have done great things for me, and holy is your name.
THE YEAR OF THE BUTTERFLY
featuring the photographs of Sally Ramsdell
Healing Earth — Our Common Blessing
A DVD by Seescapes Publishing in highdef video featuring 7 meditations
inspired by the writings of Al Fritsch, S. J.
Water, land, air — our Earth Commons — is the blessing we share.
Our Earth Commons is our life support system.
Our sacramental life calls us to participate in bringing all things back together in Christ.
Our Baptism calls us to heal the water we drink.
The Eucharist calls us to heal the land that feeds us.
Our Confirmation calls us to heal the air we breathe.
PREVIEWS OF THE 7 MEDITATIONS
1. Earth Commons — Our Shared Blessing
The air we all breathe. The water we all drink. The land that feeds us all. Our Earth Commons is the blessing we share — our life support system. Our Earth Commons belongs to all people, all life. No one has a right to contaminate it. No one has the right to plunder it for profit. We cannot stand silently by while others damage our Earth. The more we realize Earth's bounty and beauty, the more we must commit ourselves to preserving it and using it wisely.
2. Blessing Wounded Earth
O God, merciful and loving Creator of all things, look kindly on this wounded landscape. In past times it gave praise and glory to You through its abundant vegetation and unique beauty. We first ask your pardon for human faults to You, and to the land in all its gentleness. We beg forgiveness, for it was a human family affair. Here we make our pledge to repair our wounded Earth around us, as best we can.
3. Healing the Healers
Everywhere around us we face our individual and collective wrongdoing. Either we have committed ecological damage or, through our silence, we have allowed others to do so. We can acknowledge our sinfulness, beg God's forgiveness. We can rise to new life. We can take our first faltering steps to improve our wasteful consumer practices, and to become sensitive to the needs of others.
4. Healing the water We Drink
Availability of good quality drinking water is a growing global problem. And earth's dwindling supplies of drinkable water are becoming heavily contaminated. The water of our Baptism invites us to help heal the water we drink. Our Baptism calls us to become suffering servants with loving hearts and protecting hands. We are called to halt the aggression against threatened species and our fellow human beings.
5. Healing the Air We Breathe
Clean air is part of the right to life of all living beings. The atmosphere is fragile and limited. Our smokestacks and exhaust pipes are changing the climate of Earth. Climate change means trouble for all, especially the world's poor. In Confirmation we received the Holy Spirit "the Breath of God." As we inhale we take in the Spirit. As we exhale we go out to others bearing witness to the Spirit in our breath. Through us the Holy Spirit breathes into our world with Love.
6. Healing the Land that Feeds Us
When we eat, the land becomes part of us. The land is fragile and vulnerable. We need to become sensitive to the suffering land and to the landless poor. We need to touch the earth with reverence and respect. The Holy Eucharist, the Food from Heaven, is Earth-grown wheat and Earth-grown grapes — "the work of human hands." We need the Bread from Life. We need Christ himself, to help us heal our land.
7. Blessing a New Creation
When we use our hands, head and heart to heal water, air and land we become like God working in our world. We have been consecrated to do God's work. We are called to do our part in establishing the New Creation. We are consecrated to transforming our wounded Earth into a New Earth. By reverently tending our garden-Earth we join in this ongoing creative process.