Taking time to stop and analyse how we treat all aspects of the world around us is incredibly important. It allows us to re-evaluate our priorities in life and re-centre our spirituality on God, allowing us to be more authentically free from things that don’t do ourselves, neighbours or planet much good.
We have created an examination of conscience to help us explore our interaction with the world around us, that takes into account our integral ecology.
These resources provide thought provoking illustrations that lead us on an examination of our day, being led through the different ways we interact with and think of our common home and neighbours. Some elements are familiar, some will require further thought. Where have I acted in love towards my neighbour and nature today? Where can I improve tomorrow?
They present different aspects of our daily lives; Electronics, Travel, Diet and Clothing. There are many different elements on each poster which affect our relationship with God, neighbours and nature. Some are obvious, some less obvious. They are all there to get you thinking about the impacts of our daily lives on our common home.
Our resources are available as a personal prayer card or group poster activity.
“There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 231
This is the same content as the prayer card but printed as nice, big posters for use in group activities (or simply to put on the wall). We use these posters in workshops to stimulate discussion around sustainable living and spirituality. The idea of a group examination of conscience may sound strange to some, but we have found it really works. It allows group discussions on aspects of our lives we had never even thought of being connected to either our spirituality or the world around us. This exercise works really well in schools and Parishes and has been used on CAFOD retreats.
You can also use the posters as prayer stations. Be a bit creative with how you present them. Here is an example of our own attempt at the Youth 2000 festival (including mini examination of conscience card dispenser and glow in the dark sign).
These posters can be downloaded for print or viewed electronically. These downloads are available to all, but if you are able, please do buy from our shop or make a donation as it helps us continue our work.
“In this universe, shaped by open and intercommunicating systems, we can discern countless forms of relationship and participation.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 79
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