The next series of four in the Mercy Earth Challenge series will focus on reflections on our lifestyles in the act of purchasing.
The Sisters of Mercy Institute Direction Statement asks us to “call ourselves to continual conversion in our lifestyle and ministries.” Pope Francis in Laudato Si calls us to “the great need for a sense of social responsibility on the part of consumers.” He references Pope Benedict’s statements on this same issue: “Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act”.
Today “the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our lifestyle”. Pope Francis challenges us “to go out of ourselves towards the other. Unless we do this, other creatures will not be recognized in their true worth; we are unconcerned about caring for things for the sake of others; we fail to set limits on ourselves in order to avoid the suffering of others or the deterioration of our surroundings.”
This four-session series will focus on earth friendly ways of shopping, the use and purchase of electronics, alternative gift giving, purchasing locally, and the effects of our clothing industry on the environment. Join us as we examine and reflect on purchasing during the Advent and Christmas season of the year.