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: Taking Small Steps…

Electronics, especially smart ones, are constantly draining power. This affects electric power plants' use of renewable clean energy sources and their need for CO2 emission sources for energy generation to homes, offices and stores. Energy conservation is not complicated. By taking small steps towards living a more energy-conscious lifestyle, you can save money and protect our environment. Tips to become more energy efficient in your home: TURN THINGS OFF – Chargers for cell phones, tablets, laptops, handheld video games, Kindles, and cordless devices use energy even when they're not charging. Plug the items into a power strip so you can ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: A Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Let Us Dream…

For many of us, the start of a New Year is a time of reflection and a call to action. This is especially true now as we face the dire consequences from COVID-19 and climate change. Both of these crises have revealed that all humanity is inextricably connected. They have also shined a light on what is most important in our lives and made us more grateful for the things we’ve always taken for granted. For example, we have greatly missed our gatherings with family and friends, but have found solace and joy from our walks in the outdoors surrounded ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Be a Part of the Conversation

We are now celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si': Care of our Common Home. What could be more fitting than starting a dialogue on how to create our own version of a "common home" here in Wellesley? As Pope Francis stated before a Joint Session of Congress in September of 2015 (shortly after the publication of Laudato Si'), "Politics is an expression of our compelling need to live as one in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Time to Make a New Start…

Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start. (LS #205) It’s that time of year again… time to make a new start, time for New Year’s resolutions. How will you change your behavior this year for the good of yourself, your family and the common good? Pope Francis, through his encyclical Laudato Si’, has been asking all of us throughout the world to make caring for each other and caring for our common home a priority. While this task may feel a bit overwhelming, ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: The Object of Mercy

Christmas is here ~ CHRIST BE OUR LIGHT! We hope you are enjoying a spirit-filled Christmas! Gifts from the heart supporting those in need bring the light of Christ to all, giving joy to the world. We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated… However, when we look at the works of mercy as a whole, we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces. (Pope Francis, ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Living in Gratitude and Harmony with Creation

“Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act.” Pope Francis [L.S.146] Now that the season of giving is upon us, it is important that we take a moment to reflect on what it is we are purchasing and how our purchases impact our environment. Looking at the carbon footprint and packaging of our purchases and choosing to “buy” or “not buy” based on our assessment, can ultimately change the way businesses operate in the future. The past has taught us that when social pressure affects earnings, businesses find ways to produce differently. Taking responsibility not only ...
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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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