Your Weekly Laudato Si’, 11/7

Each week I will highlight of an important passage from Pope Francis’ letter on ecology, Laudato Si (Our Common Home), offering practical suggestions for families to translate these ideas into prayer and action.

 

“Each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable, highly toxic and radioactive, from homes and businesses, from construction and demolition sites, from clinical, electronic and industrial sources.” (LS, 22)

Education

A helpful video about e-waste for kids and adults:

Prayer

Creation Care Petitions (USCCB’s Prayers to Care for Creation)

Great for family or individual prayer. Call your parish office and request to have one or all added to the General Intercessions read on Sunday. 

O Lord, grant us the grace to respect and care for Your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, bless all of your creatures as a sign of Your wondrous love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to end the suffering of the poor and bring healing to all of your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to use our technological inventiveness to undo the damage we have done to Your
creation and to sustain Your gift of nature.
Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Action

Do you have a drawer or closet full of used electronics that you wish you could get rid of?

Don’t throw them in the trash! Many electronics have hazardous chemicals in them that could leach out of landfills into groundwater and streams. Chances are, there is a facility near you that recycles electronic equipment in a responsible manner. In Tulsa, we are blessed to have Natural Evolution Inc.

 

Previous entries:

Introduction to Laudato Si’,Part 1

Introduction, Part 2

10/10 – St. Francis

10/17 – Confession

10/25 – Connectedness, Air Quality

10/31 – The Book of Nature, Parks and Open Spaces