Michael Downs serves as Director of Justice and Kinship at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. He is also a member of the California Catholic Conference's Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Vatican's Laudato Si Action Platform Working Group.

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At Home in Creation: Blessing in the burning

With the Earth on fire, where is hope sprouting?

At Home in Creation: Keep on breathing

May we breathe in the suffering of the planet and the poor and breathe out solidarity, resiliency and action.

At Home in Creation: Learning to see land as relative, land as self

As we are urged by scientific and spiritual leaders alike towards a paradigm shift in how we relate to land, do we have the courage to see land as relative, or even more radically, land as self?

At Home in Creation: Gratitude as a grounding force amid climate disruption

As we face the crisis of climate change, gratitude is not denial, but a way to stay grounded in our knowledge of the work that is ours to do.