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Doing Well By Doing Good

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

This month, as our Care for Our Common Home committee here at the Paulist Center Community leads us in a consideration of our Catholic/Christian responsibility for our environment, I wish to share some wonderful news that reflects our commitment to trying to live out Laudato Si (Pope Francis’ letter on care for our environment).

Over a year ago, the Care for our Common Home group approached the Paulist Center’s administrative leadership about many things, including how we might depend less on nuclear or coal driven sources of energy and more on renewable sources of energy. We have changed to an electrical supply that is 100% green. We now receive power with the equivalent of zero carbon emission. Our new supplier – now for about four months – purchases certificates from carbon-free power sources for every kilowatt hour we consume. An unexpected bonus is that we are paying a slightly lower price than we were paying before. While that may not always be the case, for the time being we are doing very well by doing good. What a blessing!

And new containers to more carefully separate recyclables can be found on a number of floors of the Center.

From Pope Francis’ Letter on the Environment (Laudato Si’):

Hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
Living our vocation to be to protectors of God’s love, his boundless affection for us.
Soil, water, mountains – everything is, as it were, a caress of God.
There is a nobility in the duty to care for the creation by little daily actions.
The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.

What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center