These aids supplement Christians’ focus on Scripture and deepen awareness that God lives and acts within us and all creation. They help those concerned about the state of Earth, using quotes from the liturgical readings relevant to the highlighted creation topic.
A special resource was added after the publication of Laudato Si’.
Two resources are available for Lent 2020:
I Thirst: This material was created to help people deepen their reflections on Jesus’ “I Thirst” during Lent by appreciating God’s gift of water, the divine presence living and acting within it, current water conditions on Earth, and how we can respond in faith.
Lent.I.Thirst.2020 – 12 sides — complete
Tengo Sed – 14 sides — Spanish edition.
Laudato Si’: This material focuses on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical highlighting the unity of all creation, current threats to it, relevant Scripture, causes of the problems, and potential solutions. Participants will read and pray with quotes from the document, discuss them and take actions. It also includes suggestions for music and media.
– 16 sides — complete: laudato.si’.reflection.resource
Two resources are available for Lent 2021:
+ Lent 2021: Creation Covenant: (Species and Ecosystems)
creation.covenant.2018 – 14 sides – English version
La_Alianza_de_la_Creacion – 12 sides – Use Spanish version, 2015
+ Lent 2021: To Breathe Its Praise (Air)
Lent2018.ToBreatheItsPraise(Air) – 16 sides
Two resources are available for Lent 2022:
+ Lent 2022: Spirituality of Soil
This resource is intended to help individuals and groups deepen their appreciation of the precious and sacred gifts of fertile dirt, seeds, crops; trees, current threats to them; and how we can respond in faith. It includes suggestions for music and media.
+ Laudato Si’ focuses on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical highlighting the unity of all creation, current threats to it, relevant Scripture, causes of the problems, and potential solutions. Participants will read and pray with quotes from the document, discuss them and take actions. It, also, includes suggestions for music and media.
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 . . . .