The Middle-East Catastrophe / La catastrophe au Moyen-Orient

Children in Gaza - needing water

Ross Flint, Marist Associate,  Ordained Anglican, Tasmania, offers us his Reflections:       [Traduction française - voir ci-dessous]. In the vastly complex situation that exists in Israel today, there are many issues to deal with and many to discern. For anyone to side with either the Israelis or the Palestinians without listening to the many stories of the events that have unfolded during the 75 years since Palestine was divided to give the Jews a homeland due to the UN Resolution 181 in 1947 will inevitably come to wrong conclusions. To further complicate an already very complex situation, some evangelical Christians (primarily in the USA) have adopted a...

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Trees and Sacred Sites / Arbres et sites sacrés

Tree planting on the sacred site of Pukekaraka Ōtaki.                                        [Traduction française - voir ci-dessous] Mahi whakatō rākau i te wāhi tapu o Pukekaraka. The Season of Creation is a good time to plant trees and engage with the theme of letting justice and peace flow. We are in tune with the Maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar. Tangaroa ā-roto is the last quarter of the moon, and it's the right time to get work done! Ko te mauri he mea huna ki te ngāherehere /The mauri is hidden in the forest, this wisdom inspires our mahi. We are present to the life force of t...

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Australia - climate asylum - Tuvalu's citizens / L’Australie - l’asile climatique - citoyens de Tuvalu

Simon-Kofe-Foreign-Affairs-Tuvalu / Simon-Kofe-Affaires-étrangères-Tuvalu

Fr Francois Grossin sm, New Caledonia, sent this recent news:         Traduction française : voir ci-dessous Australia offers climate asylum to Tuvalu's citizens On 9 November 2021, Tuvalu's Minister of Foreign Affairs sent a video to be broadcast at a UN climate summit. In the clip, Simon Kofe was found with water up to his thighs, begging for help as a photographer of APF captured the event on film. Canberra has announced that it will offer residents of Tuvalu, an archipelago particularly threatened by rising sea levels, "special" rights to settle and work in Australia, in a treaty made public by the two countries on Friday 10th November. "We believe that the peopl...

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Education for Hispanic Immigrants / Éducation pour les immigrants hispaniques

Students-Centro Hispano Marista / Étudiants-Centro Hispano Marista

Concluding the fall semester:   [Traduction française - voir ci-dessous] As the fall semester comes to an end at Centro Hispano Marista, Marist School Atlanta - Georgia, there is a palpable sense of accomplishment and growth among the students. The soon-to-be graduates echo their hard work and determination as learners and reflect on the challenges they've overcome and the knowledge they've gained. Teachers and students alike take pride in the progress made during these few months, celebrating not only academic achievements but also personal victories. We look forward to celebrating many GEDs passed and our upcoming 2023 Graduation Ceremony this December. For those students returni...

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Marist Mission Studies 2023 / Études missionnaires maristes 2023

MMS 05-29 September 2023

MARIST MISSION STUDIES 5 – 29 September 2023 Ranong, Thailand Report from Fr. Hermes Sabud, SM The aim of the Marist Mission Studies (MMS) 2023 was to "Inflame the passion for Marist mission" among the participants. The specific objectives are as follows: 1.Bring together younger Marists from different parts of the world of the Society of Mary. 2.Engage in creative reflection and study what it means to be a Marist missionary in today's context. 3.Create a space to learn from the Marist mission experiences of the participants. 4.Provide Marists with opportunities to deepen and nourish their passion for the mission of the Trinity. The participants of MMS 2023 were: 1.Fr. George Baruk...

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Laudate Deum - Summary / Laudate Deum – Un sommaire

Laudate Deum - Summary

Source: Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice:https://www.jcfj.ie/2023/10/04/laudate-deum-summary/ Posted on October 4, 2023 by Kevin Hargaden - Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, News, Poverty & Inequality News, Theology The Origin Story Eight years ago, Pope Francis published one of the most important works of environmental thinking in history, Laudato Si'. Praised by religious and secular figures alike, it had an immediate and lasting impact. It was written to engage the scientific, political, and religious communities – addressed really to "every living person on this planet" (§3) – and to summon us all to a renewed commitment to "care for our common home". Laudato Si' are the op...

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Science-Indigenous Cosmologies-Marist Spirituality / Science-Cosmologies autochtones-Spiritualité mariste

James Webb-NGC-3324-Carina-Nebula-VN-20-June-23

Foreshadows of Communion: Interconnectedness from Science and Indigenous Cosmologies and Marist Spirituality [Traduction française - voir ci-dessous] 1. Introduction Laudato Si' shines a very positive light on science and indigenous cosmologies. Both fields can teach us many things on how to live sustainably as Marists. Pope Francis' positive approach to these two fields invites us to search for the various ways science and indigenous cosmologies can broaden and deepen how we understand ourselves and our mission. Both science and indigenous cosmologies envision an intimately connected universe. Both situate the human person in a universe he/she is totally dependent on for survival. The deep ...

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Season of Creation-Marist / Saison de la Création-Mariste

Season of Creation-Marist / Saison de la Création-Mariste

SEASON OF CREATION 2023: LET JUSTICE AND PEACE FLOW From 1 September – the World Day of Prayer for Creation – to 4 October – the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Marist Family around the world joins in the annual ecumenical celebration "Season of Creation". It invites us to celebrate the beauty and pain of our world, praise and thank God for his love and goodness, and take steps to defend our common home, especially in this time of ecological emergency. Each year, the Ecumenical Steering Committee that organizes this Time suggests a theme. For 2023 the theme is "Let Justice and Peace Flow." In this link you will find all the indications about the Season of Creation. Season of Creation is ...

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A Peek at AI / Coup d’œil sur l'Intelligence Artificielle

A Peek at Artificial Intelligence / Coup d’œil sur l'Intelligence Artificielle

Artificial Intelligence appears to be the new issue of interest according to the attention it is receiving in the media. L'Intelligence Artificielle (IA) apparaît comme le nouveau centre d'intérêt majeur, à voir l'attention qui lui est portée dans les médias    voir le français ci-dessous … I'm afraid that AI will spell the end of what we know is true. … The technology that is currently being developed, whilst making a positive contribution to society, in the long-run, it is doing more harm than good. On both sides, we won't know what is true and already there are things on the Internet that many of which are fake or influenced by artificial intelligence that destroys the soci...

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Reducing Agricultural Methane / Réduction du méthane agricole

Reducing Agricultural Methane / Réduction du méthane agricole

Major Livestock Producing Countries Commit to Mitigate Methane in Agriculture  - article from the Global Methane Hub:   https://www.globalmethanehub.org/ Les pays d'élevage les plus importants s'engagent à limiter les émissions de méthane dans l'agriculture                                           - voir traduction ci-dessous Cover Photo: Leaders from 20 countries, representing 50% of agricultural methane emissions at the First Ministerial Meeting on Lower Emission Food Systems, Santiago, Chile, April 2023. [Photo de couveture] Les responsables de 20 pa...

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Nations where 3.3bn live spend more on debt than health, schools

Debt - education & health

Given the fact that our youngest Marist Units, who have the most vocations, are in countries most affected by Global Debt – I would like to present this article [from Aljazeera] for our awareness. Extract: "In Africa, the amount spent on interest payments is higher than spending on either education or health. Developing countries in Asia and Oceania [excluding China] are allocating more funds to interest payments than to health,"  "Similarly in Latin America".  Almost half of humanity lives in countries that spend more servicing interest on debt than health or education, UN says. Approximately 3.3 billion people – almost half of humanity – now live in countries that spend more mone...

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Benvole Avec Le Secours Populaire / Volunteer with Peoples Aid

French Peoples Relief - Secours Populair Francais

Fr Yean-Yves Denize sm writes from Marist Provincial House Paris:  Le P. Yean-Yves Denizel sm écrit de la Maison provinciale mariste de Paris :  voir ci-dessous Historical: Created in 1945, the "Secours populaire français" = "French Peoples Aid" is the heir of popular movements whose values it has, throughout these decades, preserved while evolving considerably. Its orientation, its missions, its independence make it possible today to bring together people of heart regardless of their personal commitments, their political, philosophical or religious sympathies, without any distinction of sex, age or social level. Day after day, here as elsewhere, the "Secours populaire", an as...

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A Marist reflects on the Synodal Way / Un mariste réfléchit sur le chemin synodal

A Marist Reflects on the Synodal Way / Un mariste réfléchit sur le chemin synodal

This week's post comes from Fr Paul Walsh sm - Irish Marist, working in France:   Le message de cette semaine vient du P. Paul Walsh sm - mariste irlandais, travaillant en France : voir la traduction française ci-dessous  Father Colin invites Marists to work for a synodal Church Reading the documents from Rome accompanying Pope Francis' invitation to the synodal process, I was struck by echoes in our Marist tradition reflected in the words of Jean-Claude Colin. I give a series of sentences taken from the documents presenting the synodal process, followed by a few brief references to the Founder of the Marist Fathers. I hope that these few lines will motivate you to make your o...

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Désinvestir des énergies fossiles

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Divestment from fossil fuels

Divestment from fossil fuels

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Ecological freedom & human development / Liberté écologique et développement humain

Integral human development / développement humain durable

JUSTIFYING AN INTEGRAL CAPABILITIES APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT   [Abstract: John Guo SM]   The idea that development should be sustainable has been refined and widely accepted. It is no longer a new discussion topic, but is part of the concern of human development already. The concern for the well-being and quality of life must be sustainable. The Brundtland Commission Report Our Common Future described sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." People is the only end of sustainable human development. The Brundtland Commission's definition ...

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JOURNÉE NATIONALE DU SPORT ET DU HANDICAP - LYON / NATIONAL DAY OF SPORT AND DISABILITY

SANTE MARIE LYCÉE DE MEYZIEU - LYON / MARIST HIGH SCHOOL MEYZIEU - LYON

Jeudi 23 mars : pour la mi‐carême, le site de Meyzieu a accueilli des étudiants en STAPS et des jeunes en situation de handicap pour vivre une journée festive à l'occasion de la Journée Nationale du Sport et du Handicap (JNSH). Cette journée a pour objet de sensibiliser au handicap et de promouvoir le sport adapté, qui permet d'intégrer les personnes en situation de handicap. L'accessibilité brise les barrières sociales et lutte contre l'isolement. Thursday 23 March: for mid-Lent, the Meyzieu site welcomed STAPS students and young people with disabilities for a festive day on the occasion of the National Day for Sport and Disability (JNSH). The aim of this day is to raise awareness of disabi...

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Rise with Courage / Se dresser avec courage

This article was forwarded to us by Kiwi Marist: Phil Cody SM:  it is written by Mary Betz, an associate of Phil's in ministry: Mary Betz: Originally from Canada and USA, Mary has lived in New Zealand for nearly thirty years. She is an ecologist, theologian and writer, has two grown daughters, and lives with her husband Peter in the Titirangi bush.https://acsd.org.nz/spiritual-director/mary-betz/ Mary Betz recommande que nous travaillions ensemble avec le courage et la résolution de l'Esprit pour réduire le chaos climatique en notre monde.   https://hail.to/tui-motu-interislands-magazine/publication/UecNnu0/article/LacE7TG      voir ci-dessous Mary Betz recommen...

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Pacific: Climate-and-Debt-Crises / Pacifique : crises climatiques et de la dette

Pacific: Climate-and-Debt-Crises

This week's post was sent to us by Fr Francois Grossin SM, New Caledonia, from NZ Catholic, 6th March 2023. It is an address from Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi who is the first ever cardinal from Tonga and the youngest member of the College of Cardinals. He is also the President of Caritas Oceania and represents the region on key issues, especially climate change.    Traduction française : voir ci-dessous : Across the Pacific, people are picking up the bones of their ancestors like shells on the beach. Burial grounds are being washed away by rising tides. Communities are shoring up seawalls with old tyres. I was raised on the beautiful island of Tonga. When I was a child, my par...

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A Marist Mission to the Deaf / Une mission mariste auprès des sourds

Graduation - San Isidro - Solomon Islands / Remise des diplômes - San Isidro - Îles Salomon

San Isidro Care Centre was founded by the late Br. George van der Zant of the Society of Mary in 2007. Sr. Maria Fe Rollo SMSM  continues Br George's dream of changing the lives of deaf students in the Solomon Islands. Sr. Maria Fe Rollo has been a Missionary Sister of the Society of Mary for 15 years. Born in Davao City, Philippines, she joined the congregation when she was 36, drawn to its missionary charism of going out to the frontiers, proclaiming the Gospel inspired by and confident in Mary's help. She trained as a secondary teacher but has taught religious education in primary, secondary and tertiary settings, mostly in Davao City, Maitum, and General Santos City in the...

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