This week (16-24 May), we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, the amazing and life changing encyclical by Pope Francis.
This revolutionary document calls us, as Catherine Shelton rsj so succinctly states:
Pope Francis summons us, both to a deep and profound care for earth, and to a clearer recognition of the challenges facing earth and all of creation. He reminds us, in the theme of this week, that “everything is connected”.
Both Pope Francis and Bishop Long offer reflections (provided below) that call us to a new place. You are invited to share these with families and communities, as we consider once again the gift and challenges of this time.
The confluence of recent events – the young people’s climate strike (School Strike 4 Climate) on Friday 15 May, the tragedy of the summer bushfires across Australia, the impact of COVID-19 – all of these can only strengthen the call of this encyclical, articulated by these two inspiring church leaders, to care more deliberately for earth and the common good.
You might also find some of the following resources helpful:
- Overview of Laudato Si’ by Neil Darragh, indicating the concerns, the care, and the change the Pope hopes for. (online here)
- LCWR‘s most recent Resolution to Action (vol. 24 no.3): ‘Climate: A Common Good’ (click here)
- Leonardo Boff – The Magna Carta of integral ecology: cry of the Earth-cry of the poor
- Laudato Si’: Caring for our Common Home Discussion Guide – for small groups to explore and dialogue with this important document. Prepared by USCCB Justice Peace and Human Development. English (click here)
Jan Barnett rsj
Josephite Justice Coordinator
Pope Francis invites the Church to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week
Message for the Fifth Anniversary of Laudato Si (Bishop Vincent Long | Chair, Bishops Commission for Social Justice – Mission and Service)