On May 16-24, the entire universal Church will celebrate the Laudato Si' Week to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the publication of the first social encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si': On Care For Our Common Home.
We remember that during the 16th World Assembly of the Christian Life Community held in Lebanon, our community made a bold initiative in embracing ecology as one of our frontiers alongside globalization & poverty, youth, and family.
We celebrate our interconnectedness with other living beings, joining St. Francis of Assisi in calling everyone brothers and sisters, making us a part of a universal community under the one fatherhood of God. We believe that in this time of global pandemic, our community all the more needs to be good stewards of every form of life here on earth and to be responsible custodians of God's gifts & creation, passionate to side with the weak, the voiceless and the marginalized -- the ones who suffer the most when nature protests.
As we join the communities throughout the world in celebrating the Laudato Si' Week, the Formation Institute of CLC Philippines offers a number of resources that hopes to: a) Enhance the spirit of gratitude as you become aware of the presence of God in creation; b) Appreciate the encyclical Laudato Si'; c) Discern how the Lord may be inviting you to care for our common home; d) Respond to the call of Laudato Si to a more passionate care for creation; and e) Work for the common good while taking into heart the social consequences of our individual decisions and becoming responsible towards future generations.
We will be posting new materials everyday on our official Facebook account and our CLCP website. These will also be sent via email for the duration of the week-long activity.
In preparation for our celebration, we invite you to visit the Laudato Si' Week website (https://laudatosiweek.org/) where you will find worldwide events and activities that you may participate in even as you stay home due to quarantine. Some of them are listed here below:
Watch Pope Francis' invitation to participate in this event
"Let us bear witness to those human and Gospel values within the Church and society, which affect the dignity of the person, the welfare of the family, and the integrity of creation."(General Principles, 4)
We invite everyone to participate in this occasion and show their solidarity with the rest of the Church as we celebrate Laudato Si' Week. Remember to use the hashtag #LaudatoSi5 when you share your participation and activities relating to this event via social media.
16 May 2020 | Laudato Si' Week | Day 1
Dear Friends in the Lord,
Happy 5th anniversary of Laudato Si'!
Today marks the first day of our week-long celebration of Laudato Si'. We invite everyone to participate in this special worldwide event with the theme, "Everything is connected." Kindly visit www.laudatosiweek.org and register to join in the online retreats and webinars hosted via Zoom app.
In the coming days, we will be sharing resources that will allow us to nourish our body, mind, and spirit through the awareness and understanding of Laudato Si' and by taking concrete actions to respond and to care for our common home.
The materials will follow the pastoral cycle of SEE, JUDGE & ACT spread throughout the next eight days.
SEE (May 16-18)
In seeing, may we learn and seek to understand the reality of the situation of our world today.
JUDGE (May 19-21)
In judging, may we make a discerning assessment of how to respond to this reality before.
ACT (May 22-24)
In acting, may we take concrete steps in addressing the needs of our common home by taking care of our environment and all things God created, especially the poor who are greatly affected by the consequences of our actions.
On the first day of Laudato Si' Week we invite you to look into our relationship with the Lord and nature. Below are resources in helping our hearts overflow with gratitude and become aware of how God speaks to us in nature.
We begin by praying the consciousness examen which follows the theme of Laudato Si'.
Today's materials will walk us through to the different challenges Mother Earth is facing. We hope that by presenting this we may come to realize the urgency of taking care of our common home and do our own share individually and communally, our God given-responsibility of embracing her.
Mother Nature is speaking. She has avoice and it is telling us something that is urgent. We strongly urge you to listen to this series of messages from Mother Nature delivered to us by our local Filipino artists. Let us pay attention to her as she speaks her heart out through the videos brought to us by Conservation International Philippines.
Please note that the following videos are unlisted on Youtube. You may only find them through the Conservation International PH website.
Everything is connected. This is the theme of this year's celebration of Laudato Si' Week. Now that we have seen our current ecological situation and learned more about what Laudato Si' is, we are then invited to discern our proper response as Catholics and members of CLC to be more ecologically responsible stewards of God's creation. May these resources help us in our reflection.
This Pastoral Letter describes the devastation that had been inflicted in the environment, reflected in the light of the Gospel. It challenges every Filipino Catholic to develop a deeper appreciation for the fragility of the life systems in our islands and to defend the earth, pointing to signs of hope, suggesting what we all could do to improve the situation.
Let us learn from our materials today on how our Ignatian tradition and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius can be instrumental in raising our ecological vision from one of mere materialism to one of reconciliation.
The following tackle the connection between the SpEx and creation.
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