“God’s Universe, Our Responsibility. 40 Days of Ecological Reflections” is being published by the Jesuit Institute South Africa for its annual Lent book. The book written by theologian, Fr Anthony Egan SJ, leads the reader through meditations and reflections considering the ecological (and humanitarian) crisis the earth faces.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, Fr Egan tackles the question of how faith and science both contribute to our understanding of the universe. He does not shy away from exploring the legitimate questions science continues to ask about humanity and the universe. The text is a journey from the beginning to the present. It looks specifically at the place of human beings and our responsibility in taking care of our common home. This includes our responsibility to one another individually and corporately.

While the book challenges us to engage with both our Christian faith and science, it is accessible to anyone who seeks to make a meaningful journey through Lent. Its accessibility, however, does not mean it loses depth. “This is a mind-opening, down-to-earth, exploration of the intersection between faith and science,” says reviewer Dr Martin van Nierop, who is also the Managing Director of Gondwana Environmental Solutions.

In the book you will find poems, meditations on Scripture and a ‘Pause for Refection’ ­– questions to ponder after each section. This book is ideal for both individuals or groups who seek to pray through Lent in a focussed way. No facet of human life is left out, a number of themes are addressed including: creation, sin, relationships, suffering, betrayal, love and witness.

“The text invites the reader to conversion, a conversion which becomes apparent when we take responsible action and adjust our lifestyles so that we become true stewards of all creation,” says Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, Director of the Jesuit Institute.

The book will be available by 10 February 2020. You can also pre-order your copy from the Jesuit Institute for R120, excluding p&p. 160pgs.


For more information:

Ms Cynthia Ndala, Administrative Assistant: Jesuit Institute South Africa


+27 482 4237