Integrity of Creation

Let’s Celebrate Laudato Si’ Week

Laudato Si’ Week 2022, May 22-29, will mark the seventh anniversary
of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care of our common home.
This event will unite us to listen and respond to the cry of creation,
rejoice in the progress we have made in bringing Laudato Si” to life,
and intensify our efforts through the dynamic Laudato Si’ Action Platform,
walking the “Synodal” path.

This year, with the theme of “Listening and Journeying Together”,
Catholics on six continents will work on
“bringing the human family together to protect our common home” (LS 13).
To find opportunities for celebration go to
https://laudatosiweek.org/laudato-si-week-events/

If you are looking for ways that you can celebrate Laudato Si’ Week
here are some practical suggestions:
Celebration Guide for Laudato Si Week

As the Laudato Si’ journey continues, the Laudato Si’ Movement has collected
a wonderful resource for all of us,
a collection of prayer from all over the world.
Laudato Si’ Prayer Book

Rivers of Hope Virtual Pilgrimage

Rivers of Hope is a collaborative effort of the Asociación de Hermanas Latinas Misioneras en América (AHLMA), the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC), and the
Religious Brothers Conference (RBC). See the flyers and information below:
Rivers of Hope Virtual Pilgrimage
Revised Rivers of Hope Virtual Pilgrimage
Link to the January 11 Video Presentation

Season of Creation Weekly Reflections

Each week of the Season of Creation,
we will be posting a short video for your reflection.
We invite you to ponder what touched you, what challenged you
and what actions are you considering.

Here are some of the reflections about the videos shared from 1st through 4th weeks:
  • Planning to set aside time, in a consistent way, to understand what nature has to teach.
  • To get out and just be with/in nature.
  • Make the time to commune with nature, go to the beach and walk it with an open mind and heart. Sit with it and simply listen.
  • Stepping out into the grass more often, even if it is just in my own back yard. I’m going to take off my shoes and walk in the grass like I did as a little girl instead of only observing it from my back porch. I want to feel the resonance and connection.
  • Watching the birds and bunnies in our backyard; visiting the ocean and/or the bay just to be there (only a few miles from home); enjoying local nature paths.
  • To take more time to appreciate nature and all its beauty.
  • Be aware of how I use the gifts of this earth. Support the efforts of persons and groups in their efforts to care for our earth. Avoid waste.
  • I want to pay more attention to the science of healing our earth, especially about the power of renewable energy.
  • Learning more about natural water conservation in my area.
  • I intend to put consistent effort into continuing a connection with Kiva.org, an organization that gives small loans to people all over the world. I have been attempting to be vegan for a while and will increase efforts to make this seem more appealing to others around me.
  • I’m considering contacting the local botanical garden and explore their research projects around global seed banks, primarily food related.
  • Looking for a way to participate in a replanting project.
  • 3 people have donated money to plant trees in memory of Pat Funderhide, osu. Pat loved trees for this reason and so I am happy to see folks donate toward trees. She got the message out! As I get the trees planted I will write this message in our newsletter and thus affirm people in their effort to address climate change by honoring someone.
  • I will try to look for ways to actively foster life each week, maybe each day. It may be small but, if it truly gives life in a simple way, it will matter. It might be taking care of plants, or donating to a soup kitchen, or advocating for the protection of elements of nature.

Week Five Video Reflection
Week Four Video Reflection
Week Three Video Reflection
Week Two Video Reflection
Week One Video Reflection

2021 Season of Creation:
A Home for All?
Renewing the Oikos (Earth Community) of God

This year’s theme for the season of creation points to the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being of the earth. Each creature is important and contributes to the health and resilience of the biodiverse ecosystem.

While we trust that God’s Spirit is constantly renewing the face of the earth, we heed our call to care and sustain an ecological turning that will ensure all creatures can find their home to flourish and participate in renewing the earth.

Below you will find links to both a Season of Creation Prayer, Earth Examen and a calendar for daily focus (pray, learn and act) that you might want to utilize during this season.

Season of Creation Prayer
Earth Examen
Pray, Learn, Act Calendar for Season of Creation

Laudato Si Week is a global event sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and supported by the Global Catholic Climate Movement in collaboration with about 150 Catholic organizations. During the week (May 16-25), we will learn, dialogue, and take action for our common home.

We will join Saint Francis of Assisi in his canticle: “Praise be to you, O my Lord, in all your creatures!” and take steps in our journey towards ecological conversion.

Click here to hear Pope Francis’ call to Integral Ecology.

Each day of Laudato Si Week there will some event to further the work of caring for our common home.  For details about the schedule of events, go to the Laudato Si Week website.

If you’d like a visual overview of Laudato Si click here to view.  LaudatoSi_Overview

 

 

 

Prayer and reflection are an important part of the transformation of our world.  We invite you to pray daily this Pope Francis Prayer.   To get to the heart of the matter, we invite you to this Reflection on the Heart of Laudato Si and you might want to gather a small group to share insights and encouragement.  It is our common home!!

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