An Ecological Examen

On this Earth Day, we take a look at an Ecological Examen by Greg Kennedy, SJ. Some of the facts are specific to Canada, but the general idea of considering our levels of consumption and environmental neighborliness apply.

Before modern chemistry and physics, people used to think that every creature was a different combination of four basic elements: fire, earth, air and water. How do we receive these elemental gifts in our private and societal lives today?

Kennedy leads us to consider those four elements in his prayer exercise which can be used as a one-time reflection or might be fruitful to separate so that one can contemplate each of the elements in turn at different points during this week.


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