21-28 May marks the eight anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical – Laudato Si’. We have a wonderful opportunity to deepen our understanding of this profound and inspiring spirituality through ‘The Letter’ – a film telling the story of a journey to Rome of young people and scientists who are frontline leaders in the struggles to protect God’s creation. In it they discuss the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ and meet with Pope Francis. The exclusive dialogue with the Pope, included in the film, offers a revealing insight into the personal history of Pope Francis.

During Laudato Si’ week 21-28 May 2023, we would like to encourage people to come together to watch the film, pray and reflect on how it calls us to action as individuals and communities. There is a wonderful website which provides a link to the film and offers resources for groups to use. On the website you are invited to register your screening; after which you will be sent some support materials and a link to download the film to use for your screening, if you are concerned about internet issues on the day of screening.

We are inspired as always by the Prayer For Our Earth (Laudato Si)

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
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.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Picture courtesy of Tanya Trevena