Catholic Faith Interwoven with Indigenous Spirituality
Pope Francis' Laudato Si
One of the many marvellous things about Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," is that it is written to all of mankind. In his address, Pope Francis recognizes the relationship with the First Nations worldview that everything is connected. All creatures, including human beings are all linked together to make up systems. He states, “in this sense, it is essential to show special care for Indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. They are not merely one minority among others, but should be the principal dialogue partners, especially when large projects affecting their land are proposed. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values (146)." As we move forward in Truth and Reconciliation, Pope Francis encourages us to come together for our Mother Earth to build a better home for all our future generations.
(source: Red Deer Catholic Regional School)
Integrating the Fruits of the Spirit with the Seven Sacred Teachings
Fruits of the Spirit
Habits or character traits found in a person who is trying to live like Jesus under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Fruits of the Spirit
Seven Sacred Teachings
"The Seven Sacred Teachings are at the foundation of North American Indigenous belief. These teachings honor spiritual law and bring us back to our connection to the land—to nature. The Seven Sacred Teachings are represented by seven animals. Each animal offers a special gift and understanding of how we as people should live our lives on Mother Earth."
--Dave Courchene/ Neeghani Aki Innini (Leading Earth Man, source: Red Deer Catholic Regional School) )
<-- "Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers" - scroll down to the "Seven Teachings" for an interactive page and hover over each animal to read more about the corresponding teaching.