Living Laudato Si’
During the Season of Creation, people of all faiths around the world are invited to pray and care for creation. September 1 was first proclaimed as a World Day of Prayer for Creation by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox community in 1989 and embraced by other European churches in 2001. In 2015, Pope Francis recognized the World Day of Prayer for Creation in the Catholic Church and also instituted the Season of Creation, which begins September 1 and ends on October 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. This year during the Season of Creation, CSA sisters, associates, and partners in ministry joined in reflections on the seven goals of Laudato Si’. Using email and the CSA website, the CSA Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation shared daily opportunities to "See" the signs of our times by reviewing relevant resources, "Reflect" on a pertinent quotation from Laudato Si', and “Act” by considering some of the actions CSA has already taken to care for Earth.
In a June 27 video, Pope Francis announced the seven-year Laudato Si’ Action Platform: “I would like to invite everyone to tackle this journey together. I’m addressing these seven realities in particular: families, parishes & dioceses, school & universities, hospitals, businesses and farms, organizations, groups & movements, and religious communities.” Joining with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, CSA began a 40-day prayer campaign on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, and will conclude on November 14, the World Day of Prayer for the Poor. The 40-day prayer campaign supports the seven sectors joining the Laudato Si' Action Platform with a dedicated day of prayer for each, connecting each sector with a Laudato Si' Goal.
As the 40 days come to a close, all members of the universal Church are warmly invited to discern their commitment to creating a Laudato Si' Plan and review the existing resources on the Laudato Si' Action Platform website.