Laudato Si' – Praised Be To You
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Challenge # 1: Daily Actions to Care for Our Common Home
In Laudato Si’ (LS), Pope Francis gives us various suggestions on how to care for Mother Earth, “…[Such] as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. All of these reflect a generous and worthy creativity which brings out the best in human beings,” (LS 211).
How can your Parish/School community initiate some of these ideas?
- Improve your parish/school recycling efforts (*See additional resources)
- Break the Bottled Water Habit at parish/school events
- Reduce paper use
- Plant a butterfly, windowsill, rain, or vegetable garden
- Start cafeteria-based composting
- Conduct an Energy Audit
Challenge #2: Cultivate Creation and Sense the Spartk of AweAccording to Laudato Si’, “‘Tilling’ refers to cultivating, ploughing or working, while ‘keeping’ means caring, protecting, overseeing and preserving. This implies a relationship of mutual responsibility between human beings and nature. Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations.” (LS 67).How can your community become one with God and nature?
- School wide prayer service
- Eucharistic Adoration
- Build an outdoor classroom
Challenge # 3: Be a Part of the Whole Human FamilyLaudato Si reminds us that we are all connected: “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change,” (LS 13).How can your school community contribute to the global community?
- Participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
- Educate yourself about the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade program – buy, serve, and raise funds with Fair Trade Chocolate, Coffee, or Crafts
- Create an art project that educates about a global issue
- Participate in Catholics Confront Global Poverty by studying an issue and advocating through letter writing and legislative visits
- Support the Diocese of Norwich’s Outreach to Haiti Ministry by learning about Haiti, sponsoring a student, or providing medical and dental supplies
- Incorporate Catholic Relief Services resources and videos into a school-wide International Day, school liturgy, or service day.
Laudato Si’: A Map (Official Vatican guide for reading Pope Francis’s Encyclical)
Vatican Mini-Video for Laudato Si’ Release
"CST 101: Care for God's Creation"
Prayers for the Care of Creation
Hymns Celebrating the Beauty of Creation
- All Creatures of Our God and King
- For the Beauty of the Earth
- For the Fruits of this Creation
- Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You
- Let All Things Now Living
- Morning Has Broken
- Now Thank We All Our God
- O God Beyond All Praising
Sparking a Sense of Wonder and Awe
An Awe-Inspiring Contemplatio by Jojo M. Fung, S.J.
Stewardship of God’s Creation
Books and Media for the Classroom
[Saint Francis of Assisi] was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 10
Advent Conspiracy Video
- Americans spend $600 billion annually during the Christmas season
- 750 Million people do not have access to clean drinking water (Catholic Relief Services)
- Estimated cost to make water available to everyone currently lacking clean water $20 billion (AdventConspiracy.org)
"In those countries which should be making the greatest changes in consumer habits, young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment. At the same time, they have grown up in a milieu of extreme consumerism and affluence which makes it difficult to develop other habits. We are faced with an educational challenge," (Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 209).