Right this moment is the beginning of “Laudato Si’ Week”, the crowning occasion of a particular “Laudato Si’ Anniversary Yr”, celebrated by the Catholic Church all over the world. Six years in the past, on 24 Might 2015, Pope Francis gave his second encyclical letter “Laudato Si’ – On Look after Our Widespread Dwelling” to the Church and to the worldwide group. Final yr, the fifth anniversary of this essential day marked the start of a Laudato Si’ Anniversary Yr, which now culminates in Laudato Si’ Week 2021, which runs from 16 to 24 Might. If you need to interact on this week’s occasions and actions, yow will discover some concepts under.
In his encyclical, Pope Francis known as upon nations and societies all over the world, but additionally every one among us, to “hear each the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” and to endure an “ecological conversion”. For Christians particularly, such a conversion implies that “the results of their encounter with Jesus Christ change into evident of their relationship with the world round them” (Laudato Si’, no. 49 and 217).
Laudato Si’ Week 2021 can be a celebration of the progress the entire Church has made on its journey in direction of ecological conversion. It’ll even be a time to replicate on what nonetheless must be executed, what the present COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, and the way we are able to put together for the longer term with hope.
An ecological conversion has – a minimum of – two dimensions: The primary dimension is a change of hearts and minds that leads us to recognising “each a part of God’s Creation as our kin”. It allows us to develop a spirituality of “communion with the entire of creation” (see Dr Sandie Cornish’s reflection on Catholic Outlook, 17/05/2021). The second dimension leads us to altering our life and taking motion for the preservation and flourishing of God’s Creation – individually in addition to collectively as societies and religion communities. Each parts are inherently linked collectively.
Laudato Si’ Week will give you a spread of alternatives to discover these two parts. Listed below are some applications and actions you possibly can take part in as a parish, faculty group, organisation, or as a person. Moreover, Catholic Outlook will function articles about creation spirituality and motion, every day this week.
- Be part of the Official Worldwide Laudato Si’ Week occasions – https://laudatosiweek.org/events
- Take part within the #LaudatoSiMoment Photograph Contest – https://laudatosiweek.org/laudatosimoment-photo-contest
- Discover inspiring quotes from Laudato Si’ with concepts for reflection and prayer at Social Spirituality. – https://social-spiritnet/catholic-social-teaching-documents/resources-on-laudato-si/laudato-si-week-2016
- Attend Laudato Si’ – Sowers of Hope on Friday, 5.30-6.30pm by way of Zoom – Be part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Convention’s “Workplace for Social Justice” and Caritas Australia’s “Catholic Earthcare” for prayer, scripture, reflection and dialogue to have fun the top of Laudato Si’ Anniversary Yr. For extra data, go to https://socialjustice.catholiorg.au/2021/04/16/laudato-si-sowers-of-hope
- Spend a Coronary heart of Creation Reflection Day at Mulgoa on Saturday, 9am-3pm: Discover the Ignatian understanding of Creation and the sacredness of all life as a present amidst the tranquillity and great thing about Winbourne, Mulgoa. – Or if you have already got different plans, this Saturday: To search out out extra, learn our article on Catholic Outlook.
- Join a Ardour for the Earth – Laudato Si’ Camp for Adults at Wooglemai (Oakdale), 6-8 July. Download the brochure here.
- Take this week as a chance to start out implementing the Laudato Si’ Targets (LSG) in your parish, faculty group, organisation, or as a person. View the goals and download the poster to post in your schools and parishes here.
- You might even attempt to change into a Catholic Earthcare-Licensed College (https://catholicearthcare.org.au/earthcare-certified-schools-program) or Laudato Si’ Parish (https://catholicearthcare.org.au/diocese-and-parishes)
- Discover God’s Creation on an Epiphany Pilgrimage within the Blue Mountains – http://www.epiphanypilgrimage.org
- Pray the Common Prayer for the Sixth Anniversary of Laudato Si’.
- Test Catholic Outlook for extra inspiration, all through this week.
Sebastian Salaske-Lentern is the Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator of the Diocese of Parramatta.