Pause For Prayer Blog – Laudato Si Week – 21/05/2020

This week has been designated Laudato Si' Week.  We are asked to pray about caring for Our Common Home.  The weeklong celebration is to honour Pope Francis’ writing on ecology and climate change, and to encourage us to build a better world together on the fifth anniversary of its publication.

This has really driven home that during these unprecedented times that we should care for each other and the environment. With these times, checking in on our friends and family by a simple text or letter can mean the world and it would be showing God’s love to everyone if we all did it. But also the focus on the environment is so prevalent. We need to care about the environment and the creation we have been given by God. In Laudato Si, Pope Francis says that care for other people and the environment aren’t two separate entities, they intertwine to build a common home together.

“Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.” Pope Francis – Laudato Si

There is a shared concern and love for the environment. Some of our students reflected on what they wanted to see in the world in the future inspired from Laudato Si.

“My hope for the world is that we think about others more. We need to remember to simply be nice, as the smallest acts of kindness are the ones that often mean the most as you never know what someone is going through.”

I see God through others serving and showing kindness to all they meet. It brings with it the Light of God to everyone and small acts of kindness can be a way to show Gods love to all we encounter which is what we are called to be – disciples.

Another student said:

“Lockdown has brought both good and bad impact on the world. Nature has started to retake control of our major cities and pollution is less than it has been in many months. Post lockdown, I would like to see nature continue to thrive in these unusual places and more and more endangered species bounce back from the brink of extinction. Humans can help increase biodiversity by allowing animals access to our gardens and creating more green spaces for plants and animals to flourish in. By doing this we our fulfilling our stewardship promise to God: to protect the Earth and all that lives on it. “

We have a call to treat our world as it’s a shared area for us all to live, flourish, continue to grow and live out God’s plan for us. We are called to be stewards of our environment. Exercising stewardship is caring for the gifts God has given us, including the environment, our own personal talents and other resources.

What is something you can do to show God’s love to someone today? Maybe a small act of kindness?

What small changes can you make to build a better common home?

St Teresa of Calcutta says do small things with great love. We can all do small things with great love to make a big difference for our common home to glorify God’s creation.