This coming year, Pope Francis will release a much anticipated encyclical on care for creation.

In preparation for the encyclical and Easter, we are offering a Lenten reflection series. Authors from around the world will offer short reflections from their experiences of caring for creation and the day’s readings.  These daily reflections will examine our faith and how we practice environmental stewardship.

Today’s Reflection:

This Easter we are invited to enter the scene as if we were part of the natural world – the hewn rock tomb or a plant changed by resurrected light. These contemplations cannot help but provoke feelings of gratitude and compel us towards action on behalf of creation.

Joseph Carver, S.J.

Fr. Joseph Carver, SJ completed an STL in Ecology and Ignatian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara.  Born and raised on a farm in rural New York, his interest in our relationship with creation has deep roots.  Inspired, by both the poetry of Jane Kenyon, Mary Oliver as well as the writings of Teilhard de Chardin, Carver regards Ignatian Spirituality as a path into the breadth and depth of instruction unfolding in creation.  Carver, SJ sees the Incarnate Christ, as not only the spiritual but also the physical center of the universe.  He is currently the pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Missoula, MT and recently returned from presenting on this topic in Manresa, Spain at an Association of Jesuit Schools gathering.

Just as the sun peaks over the horizon announcing the dawn of a new day, three women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome find themselves journeying to the tomb where Jesus is buried.

Liza Apper, Obl.OSB

Liza Apper, Obl.OSB is director of the St. Benedict Catholic Worker in Fresno, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Creighton University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans.

Good Friday is not the whole story. Suffering is not the whole story. But even in the radiant newness of Easter Sunday, Good Friday is not to be forgotten. We remember. We stay close to what is broken as it is made whole.

Garrett Gundlach, S.J.

Garrett Gundlach, SJ is a second-year Jesuit regent at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. That basically means that he’s halfway through his formation as a Jesuit, learning from high schoolers before learning from books in theology studies. He loves bare feet, crayons, and being laughed at by his students.

This night, we recall Jesus’ astonishing decision to kneel before those who followed him and to transfigure himself not into something shining or glorious, but into a woman, a servant, a poor person, a slave.

Kaya Oakes

Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, most recently including The Nones Are Alright. A contributing writer at America and a senior correspondent at Religion Dispatches, she teaches nonfiction writing at the University of California, Berkeley.

Readings for Today On this “Spy Wednesday,” our hearts are focused on Jesus’ surrender into God’s hands, even knowing he will be betrayed. We also reflect on how we have all betrayed the trust we have been given for this planet.  It is overwhelming to realize and accept.  However, this week, we can be grateful […]

Andy Alexander, S.J.

Andy Alexander, S.J. is the Director of the Collaborative Ministry at Creighton University and Co-founder of the Online Ministries web site.

In the world today, marked by the problems of climate change, the economic poor are a light to the rest of the nations.

Daniel Spotswood, S.J.

Daniel Spotswood is a Jesuit scholastic from the Oregon Province studying Theology in Bogotá, Colombia. Before joining the Society, he studied Interdisciplinary Humanities at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. In his free time, Daniel enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering in the Andes.

We know that environmental disasters disproportionally impact the most vulnerable. Think of Hurricane Irene’s impact on the poor of Atlantic coastal cities. Think of the impact of rising sea levels on small island nations. By caring for God’s Creation, we care for the poor.

John Shea, S.J.

John Shea, SJ is a recently ordained priest who teaches biology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He studies parasites and their use as indicators of eco-system health. He plans to take Creighton students to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to do biological field research this summer.

Two symbols clash this Sunday—the palms and the donkey.

Dennis Hamm, S.J.

Dennis Hamm, S.J., is Professor Emeritus of theology at Creighton University, Omaha, where he continues to research and write.

God has given the land to us, to live on it forever. The question is, what do we do with it?

Joe Hoover, S.J.

Joe Hoover is a Jesuit brother writing and acting in New York. He also works at St. Ignatius Grammar School and America magazine.

When in distress, the psalmist also turned to God in love, finding strength and refuge. These are helpful reminders for when we don’t know if or how to act for the environment, if we’re not sure what or who to believe, if we feel overwhelmed or lose hope.

Yvonne Prowse

Yvonne Prowse is a spiritual director who leads the eco-spirituality ministries of Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She ministered for many years with people in poverty and served as director of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Southwest. Her earliest recollections of encountering God are in nature, and she can often be found cross country skiing, hiking, or picking dandelions with her niece.