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Seven ways to live Laudato Si’ in 2020

25 April 2020

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Taking part in Laudato Si’ Week 2020 from 16 to 24 May, the Australian Province Reconciliation with Creation (RwC) Committee recommends seven ways to live Laudato Si’ in 2020.

2020 is the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, the environment encyclical where Pope Francis is calling us to “hear the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth” and we are all invited to acknowledge, reflect, pray and act to celebrate and care for God’s creation during Laudato Si’ week 2020.

The RwC Committee shares ideas on Seven Ways to Live Laudato Si’ in 2020:
1. Become familiar with Laudato Si’

  • Read Laudato Si’
  • Watch a one-hour talk by Reverend Professor Denis Edwards, Australian Catholic University 
  • 2. Learn from the Healing Earth website

  • Read about an ecological issue and responses on Healing Earth 
  • 3. Meet God in creation

  • Reflect with the Ecological Examen
  • Read a book by your favourite eco-theologian
  • Use the creation prayers in your mass/liturgy this week
  • Consider a residential or online retreat
  • Journal over the work your connection to creation
  • 4. Walk with First Peoples

  • Read the Uluru statement and take action
  • Read the address John Paul II gave in Alice Springs in 1986
  • 5. Create your virtual environment walk

  • Create a creation prayer space in your home or garden
  • Create an environment walk in your community
  • In art form, create the water journey for your local river 
  • 6. Commit to being an Earth Healer

  • Inspired by Laudato Si’, share a photo of the wonder and awe in nature on social media each day
  • Watch the Laudato Si’ movie
  • Make changes in your lifestyle
  • Reduce your ecological footprint, work on one aspect in your life as a daily challenge
  • Join the Ignatian Solidarity Network mini challenges
  • 7. Work with others to become an Earthcare community

  • Visit Catholic Earthcare for the 8-Step Earthcare program
  • Use the green campus guides on the Ecojesuit website to help with your next step
  • Please share your favourite quote from Laudato Si’ with us on the Australian Province Facebook page.

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    2 Responses to Seven ways to live Laudato Si’ in 2020

    1. Lorraine Delehanty on 18 May 2020 at 4:46 am

      A valuable site for actionable ideas for our home and parish.
      I want to highlight Fr. Denis Edwards talk. As I understand it, he clearly suggests that we are in a new era in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis encourages us to Ecoconvert. This conversion relates to seeing our interrelationship with the natural world . When we love the natural world as a gift from God, we will protect it. The natural world has a right to exist and thrive as we do. Injuring God’s Creation is offensive to those who love His creation, and it hurts people who depend on clean water, good soil and pure air. Fr. Denis says allot in just a few minutes. Thank you Fr. Denis.

    2. Sr. Kathleen Leahy on 13 May 2020 at 10:10 am

      Thank you for such a comprehensive format to celebrate Laudato Si Week 2020. I am not only going to introduce some of your ideas to the local Parish, but will ensure that I inform my own congregation – Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart- of this coming week and you Ignation Examin regarding Reconciling God, Creation and Humanity.

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