A Homily on Justice for Native Americans and Care for Creation

Acting Franciscan

A homily preached at St. Camillus Church
by Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM

Third Sunday of Easter
St. Camillus Earth Day celebration
April 19, 2015

Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFMFr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM

Three stories: first one about the St. Francis Builds Mission trip to Pine Ridge reservation; second, the story of Christ’s resurrection and its impact on the early Church; and the third one is our story in the context of Easter and the Earth Day celebration.

On Monday morning, right after Easter Sunday, a group of 27 St. Camillus parishioners, including our pastor Fr. Mike and I, traveled to a Native American, Lakota reservation in South Dakota. The week that we spent there has left, impressed upon my mind and heart various memories and images: an enchanting landscape of the open prairies, gentle, rolling hills with wild horses along its ridges; breathtaking canyons and pine-tree covered Black Hills mountains.  I can still hear…

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