|EcoSuffering "Change the world."|
Any ecological movement recognizes that one environmental change affects another environment Ecosystems can be regenerative. Ecological systems theory is "an approach to study of human development that consists of the 'scientific study of the progressive, mutual accommodation, throughout the life course, between an active, growing human being, and the changing properties of the immediate settings in which the developing person lives, as this process is affected by the relations between these settings, and by the larger contexts in which the settings are embedded'" (Voydanoff citing Bronfenbrenner). An ecosystem is a community of living organisms, their physical environment, and all their interrelationships in a particular unit of space interacting and interdependent relationships.
I believe with Paul that in our sufferings we build up the Body of Christ. Since we live and move and have our being in the Body of Christ, suffering may be borne for the sake of the Body in union with Christ. This Pauline theology breeds a spirituality of hope that offers to integrate the whole of life by broadening the understanding human suffering. “Christ conquered death not only by reversing its evil effects,” Teilhard de Chardin (The Divine Milieu) reminds us, “but by reversing its sting.” In the ecology of suffering we join in God's plan of redemption as co-redeemers through the grace of baptism.
"To attain holiness, then, we must not only pattern our lives on Christ’s by being gentle, humble and patient, we must also imitate him in his death. Taking Christ for his model, Paul said that he wanted to become like him in his death in the hope that he too would be raised from death to life. We imitate Christ’s death by being buried with him in baptism" St. Basil the Great.
Pedro Arrupe, Superior General of the Society of Jesus until his death in 1991, had solidarity with those who suffered because of his experience in Hiroshima. He was serving only four miles from the atomic bomb blast. Fr. Arrupe believed the ministry to the suffering should not remain on the personal level but should also promote structural changes in the world.