Laudato Sí Celebration

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia Invite You to Celebrate Laudato Sí Year

Pope Francis designated May 24, 2020 through May 24, 2021 as Laudato Sí Year to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his landmark encyclical on the care for our common home. The Season of Creation (September 1–October 4) seems to be an appropriate time to initiate this opportunity for weekly reflection on excerpts from Laudato Sí.

Pope Francis’s Laudato Sí #13: The urgent challenge to protect 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. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. Here I want to recognize, encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.

Reflection from the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia: Who comes to mind when you think of people who have a concern for the environment? Discuss this excerpt with your local community, family or friends this week. “Dear Mom and Dad” is a project for youth aimed at educating older generations through letters from those advocating for a better future for the planet. Check out

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