Laudato Si’ Reflection- The Beauty of Creation

This May is the sixth anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’: Care for our Common Home.

So each week in May I will post a reflection on different aspects of the encyclical and link them to scripture.

Book of Wisdom 13:4-9

And if they have been impressed by their power and energy, let them deduce from these how much mightier is he that has formed them, since through the grandeur and beauty of the creatures we may, by analogy, contemplate their Author. “

Laudato Si’ #12

“What is more, Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker” (Wis 13:5); indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world” (Rom 1:20). For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty. Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.”

Action

CAFOD’s Campaign Reclaim Our Common Home  is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, and to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity, and to care for our common home.

Reclaim Our Common Home

You can take part by signing our petition to the Prime Minister to ask that he puts the people worst effected by the Climate Crisis at the heart of the talks at COP 26. Please click here to sign the petition. Around the country CAFOD volunteers are organising online meetings with their local MPs to share their concerns about the ” cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” so why not join them and get together with parishioners in your local area. For more information on Parliament in Your Parish contact Tony email westminster@cafod.org.uk

Don’t stay silent, talk to your MP

Miriam McEneaney, a CAFOD volunteer for about 8 years, is sharing with us her journey with CAFOD. She is also calling us all, in the diocese of Southwark and Westminster, to put our heart and soul into CAFOD’s Reclaim our Common Home Campaign for the sake of future generation.

Miriam talking to her MP Seema Malhotra in 2016

I started as an MP correspondent and then went on to become a roaming speaker at Masses for the Lent and Harvest Fast Day appeals. The next step in my CAFOD journey was when I became a Campaign Volunteer Co-ordinator for parts of the Westminster and West Southwark Diocese. It involves liaising with all the wonderful Campaign Volunteers, keeping them up to date with what’s happening and encouraging them to spread the word in their parishes. I know I always feel motivated after each call and I hope the Campaign Volunteer does too. There is also a sense of freedom because I am asking for time and not money.

I got really inspired by CAFOD’s campaigns

In the past few years, we have had some very inspiring campaigns – Power to Be, Generations Unite, Enough Food for Everyone IF, One Climate One World, Responding to the Refugee Crisis – to name but a few. However, I firmly believe CAFOD’s current campaign Reclaim Our Common Home encompasses them all.

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“Reclaim our Common home” is a call to action: don’t stay silent!

Reclaim our Common Home is CAFOD new campaign

In 2020, we experienced the worst global health crisis in a century. Everybody’s life was turned upside down. However, some people’s lives were devastated more than others. The pandemic exposed many of the inadequacies of how our world currently operates. As Catholics we are called not to stay silent and not to be passive. Reclaim Our Common Home is a call to action. CAFOD is at the forefront rallying the troops. I want to be a part of this.

With all the climate issues facing us today, it is a problem if we do nothing. Scientific reports spell out disastrous consequences here on Earth of doing nothing to curb CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gasses. Do we simply bury our head in the sand and say it’s not our problem? When I listen to someone like Greta Thunberg, I cannot sit by and do nothing.

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I know I can always depend on the Campaign Volunteer’s support

Miriam has decided to eat vegetarian dishes twice a week, what can you do?

Last November, CAFOD had a Faith in Action Day which looked at how to build a better world from the Covid crisis. It was really encouraging to see how many people took part. It never ceases to amaze me the efforts some Campaign Volunteers go to. One parish, in particular, are aiming for their Live Simply Award. They had a Care for Creation Month. I know when I call on CAFOD Campaign Volunteers, I can always depend on their support.

Read and understand what you can do

I am speaking up to my MP: join me!

In order to reach net zero emissions, we all need to make positive lifestyle changes to reduce our own Carbon Footprint. One small change, I personally have tried to do this year is to go vegetarian at least twice a week.

However, this year, we have the power to go to much greater lengths to achieve our 3 major goals – Tackling the Climate Crisis, Ending Unjust Debts and Holding Business Accountable – by arranging virtual meetings with our MPs and encouraging everyone to sign our petition. As Britain will be hosting the G7 in June and the COP26 in November, it is vital that we raise our voices and ensures the Government listens. It is our duty to ensure the Government does what is necessary to bring in a more just world. I am taking up the challenge and am waiting to hear back from my MP.

Can you imagine the difference it would make if we all talked to our MP? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity which we cannot let slip away. We are the voices of the most vulnerable communities who have contributed the least to Climate Change. We are also the voices of children and future generations. If we put our heart and soul into CAFOD’s Reclaim our Common Home Campaign, we can be a generation that future generations can be proud of.

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Stan and Maureen from St Albans are Walking for Water

Stan and Maureen Grabecki, from SS Alban & Stephen Parish in St Albans, Hertfordshire are walking for water every day this Lent. We caught up with them to find out more

Why is CAFOD’s Walk for Water campaign important to you?

We can’t believe that water is not readily available for everyone.

Stan and Maureen Grabecki on their Walk for Water

Where are you walking and how far?

We walk in local parks and doing some of the St Albans footpath walks to vary it for five miles a day. Even after nearly three weeks, we’re still tired in the evening. Just think about how people in the developing world feel? They don’t have a choice about whether to go or not.

Why do you support CAFOD as a charity?

We are supporting Cafod as it ties in with our fair trading for Traidcraft. We have been fairtraders since 1985 and have sold their products adding 10% on for CAFOD, often buyers have said keep the change for Cafod too which adds nicely to our donations.

Maureen& Stan have been walking every day this Lent and many from their parish in St Albans have sponsored them. On Mother’s day they had already walked 160 miles and raised £1060 for CAFOD!

Thank you for your support. You can find out how they are getting on and sponsor them here