June 13

Reflection

LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”

This week has been designated as Laudato Si week.  One year ago, in his encyclical, Pope Francis asked the question “What is happening to our common home?” He then called us to consider how our human activities are impacting on climate change, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, decline in the quality of human life and the breakdown in society. It is a powerful call to listen to the cry of creation, see what is happening in our own lives, the lives of others, those of all living brings, and join to consider what we can do about it,

Prayer

Be praised, O God, for all your creation.

Action

Go to http://catholicclimatemovement.global/laudatosi/   Watch the short video on Laudato Si. Read the encyclical. Use the materials and study guide available. Share the information.

Suggested Reading

Quotes from Laudato Si:

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

These problems are closely linked to a throwaway culture which affects the excluded just as it quickly reduces things to rubbish.

We have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way, to appropriate the positive and sustainable progress which has been made, but also to recover the values and the great goals swept away by our unrestrained delusions of grandeur.

Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others.

A technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world and an integrally higher quality of life cannot be considered progress.

The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things.

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