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Laudato Si‘: On Care

Laudato Si‘: On Care For Our Common HomeDiscussion GuideAfter participants are done offering intentions, conclude with the following prayer from Laudato Si’.A Christian prayer in union with creationFather, we praise you with all your creatures.They came forth from your all-powerful hand;they are yours, filled with your presence and yourtender love.Praise be to you!Son of God, Jesus,through you all things were made.You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,you became part of this earth,and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.Today you are alive in every creaturein your risen glory.Praise be to you!Holy Spirit, by your lightyou guide this world towards the Father’s loveand accompany creation as it groans in travail.You also dwell in our heartsand you inspire us to do what is good.Praise be to you!Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,teach us to contemplate youin the beauty of the universe,for all things speak of you.Awaken our praise and thankfulnessfor every being that you have made.Give us the grace to feel profoundly joinedto everything that is.God of love, show us our place in this worldas channels of your lovefor all the creatures of this earth,for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.Enlighten those who possess power and moneythat they may avoid the sin of indifference,that they may love the common good, advance theweak,and care for this world in which we live.The poor and the earth are crying out.O Lord, seize us with your power and light,help us to protect all life,to prepare for a better future,for the coming of your Kingdomof justice, peace, love and beauty.Praise be to you!Amen.Dismissal or FellowshipThank the participants for sharing their reflections and wish them safe travel home. Or, you may wishto invite participants to share in refreshments and fellowship after the session. Some groups maywant to close with sharing the sign of peace. If there will be future sessions, be sure to announcedetails about the next meeting.6

Laudato Si‘: On Care For Our Common HomeDiscussion GuideOUR COMMON HOME“I urgently appeal . . . for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we areundergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” (no. 14)“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” (no. 23)“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole humanfamily together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things canchange.” (no. 13)Questions1. Pope Francis calls for dialogue that includes “everyone.” Who should be included in theconversation who may currently not be? With whom are Catholics called to dialogue aboutthe future of our common home?2. The climate belongs to all and is meant for all, yet a disproportionate amount of the earth’sresources are consumed by the United States and other wealthy countries. What does PopeFrancis propose must happen in order to address this?A MORAL AND SPIRITUAL ISSUE“The universe as a whole, in all its manifold relationships, shows forth the inexhaustible richesof God.” (no. 86)“Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance,whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.” (no. 93)“Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbor, for whosecare and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my own self, with others, with Godand with the earth. When all these relationships are neglected, when justice no longer dwells in theland, the Bible tells us that life itself is endangered.” (no. 70)Questions1. What does nature teach us about the Creator? Has your own experience of the createdworld helped you to pray or communicate with God?2. When we fail to care for creation, what impact does this have on our relationship withourselves, others, God and the earth?3. Reflecting on the Creation Story in Genesis 1:1-2:3, as well as other Scriptural passages thatPope Francis mentions in Chapter 1 of Laudato Si’, how does Scripture call us to care forGod’s creation?7

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