A weekly reflection on 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.
“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life. A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.” (23)
Ever wonder about how scientists can be sure that humans are responsible for the alarming rise in global temperature in the last 35 years? Take ten minutes to read this article from NASA.
Then watch a twelve year old cogently and concisely explain climate science. Show it to your family.
Add climate justice to your daily list of prayer intentions.
Here’s an example adapted from Caritas.org:
We pray for wisdom for decision makers in the United States and around the world, that wealthy nations may make amendments for the harm they have done to the environment and find creative and just solutions to protect all of creation and ensure climate justice.
Response: God of Creation, help us to respect and renew the Earth.
Get the message into our churches. It’s time to change minds and hearts! Ask the pastors and coordinators for education in the parish if they have preached/taught the encyclical – especially in regards to climate change. Request that climate justice be included on the list of general intercessions on Sundays.
Explain to fellow Catholics how climate change is a pro-life issue. https://catholicclimatemovement.global/climate-change-a-pro-life-issue/
10/10 – St. Francis
10/17 – Confession
10/25 – Connectedness, Air Quality
10/31 – The Book of Nature, Parks and Open Spaces
11/7 – E-waste
11/14 – Wastefulness, non-renewable resources