Caring for Creation

1The Way of St. Francis is a publication of the Franciscans of the Santa Barbara Province. I have authored a piece for their current issue entitled “Caring for Creation: Franciscan strategies for solutions.” Found on pages 14-15 and 24, this is a short article that examines climate change from a perspective of justice and the Franciscan tradition.

The whole issue, in fact, is devoted to creation; I hope you enjoy it!

The Joy of Love

1Paulist Press just released a book on the pastoral application of Amoris Laetitia. Edited by Thomas P. Rausch, SJ and Roberto Dell’Oro, Pope Francis on the Joy of Love: Theological and Pastoral Reflections on Amoris Laetitia is an insightful and practical book for parishes and dioceses looking to bring The Joy of Love into their marriage and family ministries. I am very happy to have contributed a chapter to this book: “Preparing Couples for Marriage.”

The description of the book on Paulist’s website reads: Pope Francis’s document, Amoris Laetitia, is first and foremost a pastoral message aimed at transforming parish culture. Through this document, the pope calls parishes to consider seriously their practice of hospitality and how they reach out to people in their communities.

Given this consideration, this book examines the pastoral dimension of the document—examining practical aspects of implementation, singling out issues each parish may need to flesh out—and provides end-of-chapter pastoral questions to guide parish communities in responding to this call.