Family Day at Queen of Peace convent

Laudate Deum Study Day

Saturday November 4th 2023 10:00am-2:30pm at Queen of Peace Monastery
1021 Cloudburst Crescent Upper Squamish, BC, V0N 1T0.

What to bring

1. A cup for drinks.
2. A copy of Laudate Deum.
3. Food for the potluck.
4. Dominican love and joy.

Laudate Deum

For the joint study, firstly Mark will give an outline of the key points of Laudate Deum then we will break into small groups to discuss the following.

1. The Global Climate Crisis
a) Why does pope Francis feel the need to describe the effects of climate change?
b) What are the emotions these facts awaken in us?
c) Should we also feel impelled to speak up about climate change?
d) How can the feelings this conversation triggers be used to take responsibility for climate action?
e) What do we wish our generation could be remembered for on the level of climate action?

2. A Growing Technocratic Paradigm
f) What are the flaws/inherent problems/limitations of the technocratic paradigm? Why is it misleading?
g) What view does pope Francis suggest in opposition to it?
h) Why may we ourselves be caught up in the technocratic paradigm?
i) Considering no33, what answer can Christians offer to the cultural crisis, to those doubting the very meaning of their lives?

3. The Weakness of International Politics
j) Why does pope Francis give such importance to international efforts for facing the various crises affecting our world? Why does he find them so necessary?
k) What are some examples you see today of the increased global cultural exchanges (mentioned in no38) or of the “new sensitivity toward the more vulnerable and less powerful” (mentioned in no39)?
l) What can be done at the local level or at the level of everyday citizens to encourage positive global exchanges? Could it be done in regard to ecological issues?

4. Climate Conferences: Progress and Failures
m) What have been our own hopes, apprehensions and/or disappointments regarding these climate conferences?
n) What changes would the richer and more ‘advanced’ countries have to embrace for the proposed climate actions to be implemented? How would this affect our lives? (see the challenge of no72)
o) What motivations does pope Francis give us for effecting these changes?

5. What to expect from COP28 in Dubai?
p) Pope Francis refuses to be pessimistic about COP28- what is the basis of his high hopes?
q) What is the danger of considering technologies such as that of carbon capture as solutions to the climate crisis? What is the actual solution?
r) In no58, he speaks of a healthy pressure for climate action which aught to be exercised by society as a whole- what might that look like?

6. Spiritual Motivations
s) How does the Christian perspective described in this section compare with the technocratic paradigm (mentioned in section 2, especially nno20-21)?
t) What are our own feelings about nature, other creatures, the oceans, natural beauty, wilderness...?
u) How might getting in touch with nature assist us to shift out of the technocratic paradigm?
v) Pope Francis also used the expression ‘pilgrimage of reconciliation’ (no69) when he visited the First Nations of Canada- what are some links we can make between what he is asking here and what he was asking then?
w) What are some ways that ‘the world sings of an infinite Love’ (no65)?
x) How does this view of the world help us re-think the use of our human power as seen in section 2, nno24-28?
y) What links does pope Francis present between personal action and political action?

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