Laudato Si Week

“Each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another” (Laudato Si’, 42)

 

From May 16-24 we join together with communities all over the world to celebrate and commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si'. The theme is ‘Everything is Connected’ and every day we have been focusing on different ways, through both prayer and action, that we can make our world a more sustainable and fairer place for everyone.

 

Laudato Si’, is an inspiration during moments of difficulty. It encourages us to reflect on the values we share as we come together as one people around the world to prayerfully discern the lessons of this moment, to reflect more deeply on our Creator and creation. Its vision of integral ecology, which sees connections between how we treat God, nature, and each other, offers simple but profound truths about the bonds that unite us.

 

Pope Francis chose to be named after St. Francis of Assisi, a man of poverty, a man of peace, a man who loved and protected all creation. St. Francis, who died at age 44 in 1226, was devoted to the poor, he preached God’s mercy, he sought to reform the church and he was passionate about caring for Creation. When Pope Francis wrote his second encyclical on Caring for our Common Home, he chose to title it Laudato si’ which means “Praise be to you”. It is an Umbrian phrase from St Francis of Assisi's 13th-century "Canticle of the Sun" a poem and prayer in which God is praised for the creation of the different creatures and aspects of the Earth and which provides a beautiful reflection for all of us during this important week as we reconnect with ourselves, each other, our environment and our Creator.

 

"Canticle of the Sun" St Francis of Assisi

Most High, all powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour, and all blessing. To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

 

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

 

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

 

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather through which You give sustenance to Your creatures.

 

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

 

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

 

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us and who produces varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

 

Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love, and bear infirmity and tribulation.

 

Blessed are those who endure in peace for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

 

Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no living man can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin. Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm.

 

Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility.