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Call of Laudato Si’

Marianists Embrace the Call of Laudato Si’

We have just completed a special anniversary year marking the 5th Anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, a landmark encyclical from Pope Francis. During the course of this past year, many initiatives keep the spirit of Laudato Si’ in the forefront of our consciousness. This, together with increased awareness on the part of other governmental and social entities, has been good news for our planet, and indeed, for all of humanity. Even though the anniversary year has concluded, the urgent needs that were its focus continue to challenge and cry out to us. It is essential that we not let these “clarion calls” go unheeded. The call is universal, and both institutional and personal.

In many ways, the Church is a major player in this regard, with religious congregations very much involved. One of these efforts is establishment of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

This is “a unique collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and ‘all men and women of good will.’ (LS 3) Taking a truly ground-up approach, it is rooted in the strengths and realities of communities around the world, empowering all to take ‘decisive action, here and now’ as we journey towards a better future together. (LS 161). We highly recommend that you visit their website for more information. This platform provides orientations and resources, offered in many languages, so that you, personally, and in ministry, might enter into this “community” of persons who witness to the respect for our “common home” so eloquently outlined in the encyclical.

Additional resources are available throughout the Internet. We also recommend consulting the page prepared by the Union of Superiors General, which can be found here.

As a marvelous example of how to take up a concrete response to the calls of Laudato Si’, the Marianist Sisters (FMI), are elaborating a commitment to a 7-year process of responding to the “cry of the Earth; the cry of the poor; and the cry of the young and future generations.”

They have published a short description of this commitment, which is fully aligned with the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. It would be very worthwhile to take a look at this plan, and find in it the inspiration to allow it to guide your own commitments and those in your ministries.

Let us pray with Pope Francis that the whole world might cultivate “a loving awareness of this home we share and act on the values we hold dear.” (LS 220)


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