LAUDATO SI WEEK 22-29 MAY.  Offered at the request of Pope Francis and facilitated overall by the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.  Some resources offered through www.laudatosiactionplatform.org family sector are taken from the LAUDATO SI MOVEMENT, CAFOD STUDY GUIDE, IMBISA manual and more.    

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DAILY LAUDATO SI’ PRAYER:     Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love, teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of you.  Awaken our praise and thankfulness for every being that you have made.  Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is” (LS 246). Mary Queen of creation, pray for us.

May 22.  Sunday Easter 6C.   Fr Peter was a family life supporter and had become increasingly excited about The World as a Family of Families and how it put into practice the teaching of Pope Francis.  He started his homily by saying, “🎉 The #LaudatoSiWeek with the theme “Listen and Walk Together” is here! 🗓️ May 22 – 29, 2022 🔗 laudatosiweek.org  #LaudatoSi7. This year Catholics on six continents will work on “bringing the human family together to protect our common home” (LS 13), which is the guiding Laudato Si’ quote for the weeklong celebration.  As Catholics across the globe work to l unite their communities in action they will learn more about how Laudato Si’ offers a blueprint for prayer and action on tackling the climate crisis.  Since Pope Francis issued his encyclical in 2015 there has been a growing movement of awareness-raising and action.  The www.laudatosiactionplatform.org was launched in 2021 with specific goals, each of which will be a focus for one of the days of this week and different sectors are invited to enroll in the platform.  The sector “families and individuals” is particularly relevant on this Sunday in the light of today’s gospel.  In our day our thinking has been broadened too with a use of inclusive language. It is not only a man who is invited to love Jesus so that he and the Father will make their home with him, nor is it a  woman, but the invitation is to a family, in whose home God will live and make a home.   The concept of home and family is broadened even more with the understanding of the earth as our common home.  In that sense it includes all the ecosystems of animals and plants too.  As I love to say, “the earth in all its fullness is God’s home.”

Reflect, share and act. Scripture.  Jesus said, “if a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things.  John 14:23-29.   Pope Francis: Families and homes go together.  This makes us see how important it is to insist on the rights of the family and not only those of individuals.  AL44. The urgent challenge to protect, the earth, our common home, includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. LS 13.  What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? LS 160.  Pray the daily Laudato Si’ prayer.