Laudato Si’

Through his encyclical, Laudato Sí , Pope Francis gives us practical advice on how to tackle these world problems. He starts by asking each one of us, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children growing up?” As Catholics this is a time to pray and act, a time to renew our commitment to live in right relationship with God, creation and each other. Care of our Common Home is the call of Laudato Si` to each of us, to consider how we can become stewards of creation, for positive action and renewal.

Interested in participating in helping to change our world for the better? Join our Laudato Sí committee! Help us bring to our Collaborative the messages from the Pope’s encyclical and give practical suggestions for how to implement his ideas at home.

CONTACT: Barbara Pyles

 

News and Updates

Caring for Our Common Home: Help Protect Mother Earth

Why Fuss About Idling? According to the US Department of Energy, idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more smog and climate changing emissions than does stopping and restarting your car’s engine. The good news is that reducing idling is one of the simplest ways you can help the environment and doing so is better for both your car and your wallet. Myths 1. I need to idle to warm up my engine.  The catalytic converter in today’s modern cars, which reduces emissions, operates much sooner if the car is at “work.” 2. I need to ...
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Laudato Si’: God’s Loving Plan

In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion. (Laudato Si’ #76) Have you heard about Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’? It’s all about relationships. As Pope Francis  reminds us, ...
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Laudato Si’: Putting Our Love Into Action

We put our faith in action in the way we vote with an informed conscience of the principles in Laudato Si` and Catholic Social Teaching. Respecting Dignity of Human Life encompasses human rights in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, policies for health care, refugees, immigration, prison reform, racism and the seamless garment of life. The U.S. Bishops call Catholics to “apply a consistent moral framework to issues facing the nation and world” and “shape their choices in elections in the light of Catholic Social Teaching.” Just as St. Francis of Assisi demonstrated throughout his life, we ...
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Laudato Si’: Time is a Gift from God

Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions. (Pope Francis) We are living in a digital world. Now, more than ever, we are dependent upon technology to help us connect with others and stay in touch. That being said, Pope Francis reminds us that spending too much time with technology can "overload" us and lead to "mental pollution." Real relationships cannot be replaced with the internet. In these days of social distancing and more time with family, it is important to ...
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Laudato Si’: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our  Sister, Mother Earth…”

“If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” ~ Saint Francis of Assisi When Saint Francis of Assisi first turned his life over to God, the Christian Church was a very wealthy entity. Devoting his life to Christ in the traditional way at that time would have allowed him to live quite comfortably. Instead, Saint Francis chose to take the Gospel literally and led a life of poverty in the name of the Lord. By determining what was right for his own relations with God, Saint Francis inspired others and spread the Word throughout the world. Season ...
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Laudato Si’: Think Globally and Act Locally

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis speaks of our moral imperative for all of God’s creation. Care of Our Common Home calls us to assess the impact our actions and personal decisions have on the world around us. Everything we do has a ripple effect. Are there things we are doing that create an undesirable ripple? To make a positive impact on the environment, we need not focus on the entire earth. We can think globally and act locally. As Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ...
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Laudato Si’: Where Are You Putting Your Feet?

Genesis 2:15 tells us that God settled man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it. In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reiterates this truth when he says, “our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God.” (119) Woven through the message of Laudto Si’ is the message that environmental justice = social justice. Racial inequality, poverty and climate change are all interconnected and crying out for healing. Though the task before us may feel overwhelming, every journey starts with a single step. That first step begins with self-examination. There’s ...
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Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’. Sadly, I had never heard of Laudato Si’ until several months ago when it caught my attention in one of our church bulletins. Even so, I didn’t truly understand its implications until more recently when, during the pandemic, I was able to actually observe the positive impact of fewer cars on the road. Seeing the plants in my yard truly flourish drove home for me what Laudato Si’ is all about. As stewards of this planet, we can no longer ignore Mother Earth’s cries. Changing our ways to ...
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Adult Faith Enrichment Speaker Series: “Living Lent with Laudato Si” – Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00pm at St. John (Powers Hall)

Pope Francis' far-reaching encyclical, Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home, challenges us in 2020 more than ever before.  In our presentation, we will explore traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and conversion of heart as we listen to and respond to the "cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor."  Learn how you and your parish can join a movement to protect Our Common Home and all who live there. Presenter: Fran Ludwig, Chair of the Boston Catholic Climate Movement, Leader of Lexington Catholic Community Faith and Environment Group, and BC Alumni for Climate Justice ...
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Laudato Si’ Reading Group at St. John – Begins Thursday, January 30

Are you concerned about the environment? Is there a helpful Catholic response to climate change? How are the poor affected by what is happening to the earth, our common home? If you think about these questions, or if you just want to read and discuss a hopeful and challenging little book, join our Pastoral Care intern, Leo Racine, and other members of the Collaborative in an enlightening three-week study of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si': On the Care for Our Common Home. The group will meet on three Thursday eveningsJanuary 30, February 6 and February 13 from 7:00 ...
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