Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource (11.18.update)
– Useful during Lent or any time of year.
– Suggestions for pertinent videos and hymns that enhance the experience.
– Devoting the first of five sessions to the Introduction establishes a solid foundation for accepting the full document.
– Practical weekly action suggestions lead to lasting commitments.
Brian Roewe’s article “Laudato Si’: reflect, study, act” in the 2/26 – 3/10/16 issue of National Catholic Reporter features resources that can bring the encyclical to life. He gives Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource the #2 spot among the five “standouts” he reviews.
Loreta N. Castro, Executive Director of the Center for Peace Education and a Professor at Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines, writes:
I love both the content and process! I think it gives a great balance between knowing about Laudato Si’ and its core message and feeling the love, empathy, and connectedness with Mother Earth. I also appreciated the last section on “Suggested Actions.”
About Terri’s annual Lent resources
Scripture quotes from the appropriate Sunday are explored in the light of various Earth concerns: Water, Air, Soil, all of Earth’s species and ecosystems. As people of faith, we want to respond not only to Jesus’ suffering and death, but also to the suffering and death within creation, where God lives and acts, and we are part of a united whole: our home.
Whatever the aspect of creation being highlighted, participants reflect on excerpts from each Sunday’s Scripture readings in the light of our place in the Universe Story and the presence of the divine within it from the beginning — and within us, as we respond to the threats to Earth’s gifts. Meetings include silence, prayer, input, discussion, action suggestions, and socializing.
Unsolicited comments about these reflections:
See National Catholic Reporter‘s EcoCatholic article about I Thirst: http://ncronline.org/node/71901.
Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, Rome: The SHCJ Sisters have excellent resources on Soil, Water, Air . . . .
Jim Schaal, Zygon Center for Religion and Science: This wonderful Lenten resource is thoughtfully conceived, helpfully organized, and attractively illustrated, and I am moved by the blending of Christian tradition, interfaith perspectives, and scientific content . . . .
Theresa Dabulis, Sisters of St. Casmir: [It] is absolutely beautiful, inspirational, practical, and a wonderful way to raise our own consciousness. As a community we are trying to get sisters involved in faith sharing groups, and this will be a wonderful tool.
Jim Konold: Thank you for adding new perspectives to my life and for how you amazingly were able to tie it all into our faith . . . .
Debbie Kern: . . . ultimately [I chose] this group because it’s not just about me. Rather, it’s about taking care of creation for future generations . . . I was in this group last Lent and just loved being with like-minded people who express their feelings . . . and what we can do to help our world . . . .