Social justice

Laudato Si’ Week: Seven days to renew creation

The seven day Laudato Si’ Challenge invites people to learn, pray and take action for the sake of all of God’s creation.

The Australian Jesuit Province’s Reconciliation with Creation Committee invites you to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week this month and take part in a Seven Day Challenge.

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’: On the care for our common home’. To mark the anniversary, Catholics around the world are invited to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week from 16 to 24 May.

The seven day Laudato Si’ Challenge invites people to learn, pray and take action for the sake of all of God’s creation.

The seven challenges are:

  1. Become familiar with Laudato Si’ by reading the document or a summary of its contents

  2. Learn more about ecological issues from the Healing Earth website

  3. Meet God in creation through examens, theological reflections, prayers, retreats or spiritual journal

  4. Walk with First Peoples through the Uluru Statement and other resources

  5. Create your virtual environment walk: consider how to use our local environment to raise awareness

  6. Commit to being an Earth Healer/make changes in your lifestyle: share a photo of the wonder and awe of nature on social media each day and reduce your ecological footprint

  7. Work with others to become an Earthcare community: use resources from Catholic Earthcare and Ecojesuit.

More ideas and links for each of the challenges can be found on this shareable PDF flyer.

Sue Martin, the Jesuit Province Reconciliation with Creation project officer, said that the call for people in Jesuit communities to become healers of the earth, and to care for our common home, comes from a variety of places, including the Universal Apostolic Priorities.

‘The call to pay attention to the Creator spirit has been getting louder, especially in this time with Covid-19’, she said.

‘Taking on the Laudato Si’ challenges will look different within our homes and schools and workplaces, but they are the small steps we can take to open our heart to the blessings of the natural world.’

She said she hoped people might start by finding and sharing inspiring quotes from Laudato Si’ itself.

‘Laudato Si’ is such a beautiful letter to the world, taking on the Catholic Social Teaching framework to See, Judge, then Act’, she said.

‘For me a key LS statement is LS 49 which stirs me into action: “Today, however, we have to realise that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach: it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”’

The Reconciliation with Creation Committee would like to hear how ministries respond to the challenge. You can share stories and photos at sue.martin@sjasl.org.au.

We hope to share some of the challenges undertaken on our Province Facebook page.