Caring for our Common Home
During the Season of Creation, you might like to dip into Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’.
The title is taken from the first line of the encyclical, “Laudato si’, mi Signore” (“Praise be to you, my Lord”).
These words come from the beautiful Canticle of the Creatures by St Francis of Assisi. The subtitle of the encyclical, ‘On Care for our Common Home’, explains what the letter is about.
Pope Francis urgently appeals “for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affects us all” (14).
He challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. Quoting Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Francis reminds us that, as Christians, we are called to be responsible custodians of creation:
“Christians in their turn ‘realise that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith’ ” (64).
Although quite long, the encyclical is easy to read and can be downloaded from CAFOD’s website which has lots of helpful resources exploring the encyclical:
Other resources can be found on the Season of Creation website here.