Anniversary of Laudato Si
“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
With these words of St Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis introduces his encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. This May 24, marks the fifth anniversary of its publication. In his opening remarks he says: We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters. (2)
It is five years since Pope Francis alerted the world to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor and how these issues are interconnected. Today we have to realize 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. (49)
After the summer of drought and bushfires and now the COVID-19 virus it is good to reflect on these challenging and encouraging words of Laudato Si:
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. (13)
Pope Francis has invited people around the world to take part in a week of prayer from May 16 to 24 to mark the anniversary.
For Prayer for Laudato Si Week
Message from Bishop Vincent Long, Parramatta Diocese