‘O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord. To him be highest glory and praise for ever.’ Daniel 3:57
Laudato Si’ Week 2021, to be held on May 16-24th, will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. Laudato Si’ tells us that ‘everything is connected’ and tragically, the current health catastrophe has much in common with the ecological catastrophe. Both are global emergencies that will affect many people, both directly and indirectly. Both are experienced most deeply by the poor and vulnerable and both expose the deep injustices in our societies. Both will be solved only through a united effort that calls on the best of the values we share.
In his recent pastoral letter introducing the Diocesan Environment Policy, Bishop Mark says that ‘as missionary disciples, we are invited to be part of the redeeming mission of Christ, and to approach our task with joy and gratitude remembering, ‘rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.” Laudato Si’ #12
As a community, ‘we have an obligation to ensure that every person lives with dignity and has sufficient opportunities for his or her integral development.’ (Fratelli tutti #118) Each of us is called to take concrete steps – from reducing consumption to working for change – to better care for the Creation which God has entrusted to us.
As individuals we can all play our part and, collectively, we can do a great deal. You can find out more about the Diocesan approach to environmental issues here.
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