Climate Change and Laudato si

Laudato Si, KofC 11670 and Climate Change

Today, especially because of the December 2018 Climate Change Conference, COP 24, in Poland, media outlets globally e.g., CNN, BBC, CBC, CTV, CKWS, Whig Standard et.al. have posted articles on the effects of global Climate Change. Also covered are the often confusing and divergent approaches to the crisis by local to international elected politicians.

As good Christians, sustainable humanity and sustainable nature is our responsibility. Yet, what can one person or even a few achieve amidst a humanity of 7.35 billion others, many who deny or care not for our created Earth?

Laudato Si, the Encyclical of Pope Francis, often considered the litmus test on the responses to climate change, provides the following prayer as our best response.

For all those who believe in God…the All-powerful Creator (Laudato si [246])             

A prayer for our earth

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.

This prayer was to be found in the September 2018 Living with Christ booklet, page 184, as provided by the parish for daily Mass.

You are invited to visit Lamplighters’ Forum , (note the parishioners involved) in response to the 2009 Encyclical Caritas in Veritate of Pope Benedict XVI and then the 2016 Laudato Si with its focus on individual and especially our communal prayers for Climate Change.

For your convenience download this page Laudato Si and KofC 11670