During World War II, the illustration "Rosie the Riveter" depicted a determined woman filling a man's dirty, factory job to help American troops fight the Axis powers.
Fast-forward about 75 years and you'll find a just-as-determined woman working in another dirty job to help her parish community fight a pressing issue of the day.
So it was that Jamie Hasemeier — dressed similarly to Rosie in a green bandana, a denim shirt, an apron and gloves on a late March day — unglamorously was sifting through garbage at Holy Redeemer Parish's fish fry.
The upcoming art show celebrating the one-year anniversary of "Laudato Si'" was in the works even before Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, opened Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson this past November.
For one, when Pope Francis's encyclical came out June 18, she was in France at an international meeting of her community — Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. "There was such a build-up," she said recently at the gallery on South Florissant Road. "When it came out, there was such an excitement that, really, I think it was in my mind."
In June, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter on the environment. I'd like to offer reflections on it.
The title of the letter -- "Laudato Si'" -- is taken from a canticle by St. Francis of Assisi. He's the patron saint not only of Pope Francis' pontificate but also of the environment and those who study the environment. "Care for our common home" is the letter's subtitle.
VATICAN CITY -- Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life.
At an evening celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the pope prayed that God would "enlighten the lords of power and money so they would not fall into indifference, but would love the common good, encourage the weak and care for the world in which we live."