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Care for Our Common Home during Lent

Lent (which begins February 10) offers the perfect time to connect the Sunday Scripture readings with Pope Francis’ “urgent appeal … for a new dialog about how we are shaping the future of our planet.” (Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, par. 14)

laudato-si400Laudato Si’, the Encyclical

News reports (and gossip) about this document often select isolated elements without appreciating the interconnections stressed throughout Laudato Si’. The Pope’s vision of the world is inclusive. Underlying his call to care for people within the context of our planet is his conviction that nothing can be considered apart from all else. Pope Francis is unfailingly hopeful about the possibility of change for the better.

Laudato Si’, Reflection Resource 

Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource offers help for anyone 100_1392interested in participating in this dialog. (The encyclical is addressed to everyone, any religion.) This resource integrates the Pope’s words with Lent’s Sunday Scripture readings. Pertinent videos and music enhance the content so that the words reach both head and heart.

Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource requires five sessions and participants’ desire to learn what Pope Francis really says in his first Encyclical — and why. Devoting the first of the five sessions to the Introduction establishes a solid foundation for accepting the full document. Practical weekly action suggestions lead to lasting commitments.

100_1324Participants who have already used this resource have proven that this program results in understanding, appreciating, and implementing Pope Francis’ words. This results from memorable prayer, thought-provoking discussions, and joyful community-building.

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.”

This free 8-page, five-session resource
is available now:

Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource is here!

Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource: On Care for Our Common Home is now available at:

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Goals of Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource

Pope Francis writes: I would like to enter into dialog with all people about our common home. (par. 3) That dialog is one goal of Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource. Others include gathering for prayerful reflection on this document, and deepening our appreciation of integral ecology and our call to care for our common home.

Advantages of Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource

  • Reading, praying, and discussing quotes from the Encyclical together provide a powerful experience and motivate further study;
  • Devoting the first of five sessions to the encyclical’s Introduction establishes a solid foundation for accepting the full document;
  • Scripture excerpts are useful now or any time, including Lent;
  • Pertinent videos and hymns enrich the sessions;
  • Practical weekly action suggestions lead to lasting commitments;
  • Material is free and 5-sessions are manageable.

home-planet-earth-1-638Reactions to Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource

The enthusiasm of pilot participants convinced me to change this resource from being a Lent resource to one of use now or any time (though it can be useful for Lent).

Here is an unsolicited response to this resource from Loreta N. Castro, Executive Director of the Center for Peace Education and a Professor at Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines:

I love both the content and process! I think it gives a great balance between knowing about Laudato Si  and its core messages and feeling the love, empathy and connectedness with Mother Earth. I also appreciated the last section on “Suggested Actions…” 

Continuity of Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource

For over ten years I have provided resources that integrate Scripture, Christian faith, and care of Earth in the setting of the Universe Story, our resulting interconnectedness, and their connections to poverty, peace and justice in our world imbued with divinity. Past programs have focused on Air, Water, Soil, Energy/Light, Peace, Species/Habitats, and Ecospirituality. Laudato Si’ Reflection was originally intended for Lent (and its Scripture excerpts are from Lent’s readings, so it will be useful then), but pilot groups proved that it is effective now.     Some of the pilot participants:

Gather a group — family, friends, students, parishioners, neighbors, whomever — and experience the inspiration and transformation that Pope Francis’ words can bring.