Keeping the Big Picture in Front of Us
Bro. Jim Facette SM, a member of the planning team for “Awakening the Dreamer – Marianists for Justice and Integrity of Creation,” urges us to embrace the big picture when confronting environmental issues.
“I want to see the big picture. For me, this is about the devastation we humans have visited upon the Earth, the destruction of our unique, our only, sacred home planet. It is incredible how we have undercut and subverted the very planetary systems (geological, hydrological, weather, etc.) on which we and the rest of the sacred earth community are totally dependent. Climate change and global warming are looming certainly and in short order over us. The results will be seriously disruptive of our spiritual, social, economic and political culture. In fact this scenario is well in progress now. It is in many respects irreversible. Yes, this is a bleak picture but not without hope. By confronting our structural and systemic situation through greater awareness and increased consciousness we can forge a life under the new conditions that can be much more satisfying and meaningful. Key to achieving this will be a renewed Earth Spirituality and Cosmic New Universe Story. We are called to be new humans transcending our present evolutionary situation.”