Care for our common home is deeply rooted in our Franciscan spirituality as indicated by our 1996 Constitution and 2008 Mission Statement “…we live as sister with one another, with the entire human family, and with all creation.” This critical time challenges us to be more aware and diligent in our efforts to safeguard and nourish all of creation.
In Laudato Si, a papal encyclical released in May 2015, Pope Francis describes the critical moment we share with the Earth community: This sister (Earth) now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods which God has endowed her…this is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor…” Laudato Si (2). Our desire this year is to educate ourselves and others on this encyclical and responding to it with all the resources of our congregation.
- Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home (Note: It is a long document to print out. We would suggest either purchasing a copy or reading it on your computer.)
- Some Additional Resources
- Encyclical Action Kit from Interfaith Power & Light and the Catholic Climate Covenant
- Purchase Green Faith: Mobilizing God’s People to Save the Earth, Fletcher Harper, 178 pages
- Healing Earth, an online text from the International Jesuit Ecology Project Video (12:27 min.)
- “Time for an Energy Change” (Fracking and Climate Change)
Join Us! Take Action!
We will be posting monthly actions that you can take to help make our world a better, cleaner, and safer place. Do your part to care for creation. Mother Earth is asking for your help!
- January 2019 – Plastics (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse)
- February 2019 – Eliminating Plastic Straws
- March 2019 – Nurdles
- April 2019 – Biodiversity: Protecting all Species
- May 2019 – Alternatives to Plastic Wrap
- June 2019 – Plastic Shopping Bags
- July 2019 – The Life Cycle of Plastic
- August 2019 – The Ocean Gyre
- September 2019 – How is Plastic Made?
- October 2019 – Single-Use Plastics
- November 2019 – Eliminating Plastic Pollution at the Source
- December 2019 – Alternatives for Plastics
Go Green for Lent
Access monthly prayers/reflections from 2018 on caring for creation. We welcome you to continue to join us in praying monthly for our common home! Click here