Indigenous cultures have long maintained a holistic relationship with nature as part of well-being and wholeness. Now, emerging practices such as the Japanese meditative exercise of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” are renewing this relationship with nature to support mental and physical health.
Series: Creation and Humanity
“As photosynthesizing creatures, seaweeds provide us with the oxygen we breathe.” Thanks to their enormous capacity to absorb terrestrial carbon emissions, they could help us fight global warming. But there are risks to be taken into account.
Mary is the one who followed Jesus first, loved Him most, and who served Him best. If we want to follow Jesus more closely, love Him more dearly, and serve Him more truly, we have to imitate Mama Mary by trying to live her virtues.
The frequent periods of drought are not a good omen. To heal our relationship with water, which makes up 70% of the entire planet, would mean taking a big step towards safeguarding humanity.
The way to feed eight billion people is as clear as it is revolutionary: stop chasing productivity and start advocating food production. Food must be a right, not a good to be traded on the stock exchange, not a commodity thanks to which you can enrich yourself at the expense of someone else.
The best-kept secret is that the Catholic Church is blessed with over 130 years of outstanding social justice and peace documents. Sadly, they attract more dust than readers. Catholic social teaching could become an effective tool for building a just and peaceful world.
After doing medical and dental missions in poor communities across the country, a foundation run by religious and laypeople opened a hospital that offers discounted medical and dental services to economically challenged patients in Parañaque in 2002. Today, the hospital aspires to become a place for less fortunate patients who need surgery.
It is estimated that there are 175 million migrants at the global level. Among them, 26 million are young. Many of these young people remain unemployed, while those employed are exploited. There should be ways of offering them social, psychological, and spiritual assistance.
Pope Francis marked the feast of the Annunciation in 2019 by releasing his apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit (Christ Lives). It is the fruit of listening and discerning during the October 2018 Synod of Bishops, focused on the theme: “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.”
The thirst of Jesus on the Cross was not only physical. It was a thirst of love and of the passion for the salvation of the whole of humanity.