Key websites for this month’s theme: Response to the cry of the poor.
Notre Dame de Namur Srs. Mary Parbor and Julianna Khaisia attend the Assisi Event. Read their reflections …
Although written specifically for Congregations of Catholic Women and Men Religious (Sisters, Brothers, Ordained Clergy…) it provides links to many stories telling what different educational ministries are doing/acting that make a difference. (EN, FR, IT, SP, PO)
Essentially Beautiful Music Video
“Discerning a response to the ecological crisis is a profound act of care. At this kairos moment, action is needed. The Laudato Si’ Goals guide our actions. They redefine and rebuild our relationship with each other and our common home. Their holistic approach acknowledges the planetary limits of all socio-economic systems and the human roots of the ecological crisis. They call for a spiritual and cultural revolution to realise integral ecology.”
RESPONSE TO THE CRY OF THE POOR
The Response to the Cry of the Poor is a call to promote eco-justice, aware that we are called to defend human life from conception to death, and all forms of life on Earth. Actions could include projects to promote solidarity, with special attention given to vulnerable groups such as indigenous communities, refugees, migrants, and children at risk, analysis and improvement of social systems, and social service programmes.
One of the seven Laudato Si’ Goals, the Response to the Cry of the Poor is everyone’s cry because of “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet,” the common home we all share. (LS 16)
As we consider ways to “seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest” (LS 13), you are warmly invited to:
- “Learn more about how communities of Catholic organizations and other partners are responding to the cry of the poor.
- Read the reflections created by institutions that are creating Laudato Si’ Plans.
- View heartfelt and engaging student videos on the Response to the Cry of the Poor and all the Laudato Si’ Goals, courtesy of University Pathways.
In solidarity with the world’s poor, we ask you to take a moment and join us in joyful hope with Pope Francis in prayer:
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light. (LS 246)