Laudato Si’ Action Platform Reflection – Our Common Home

Our 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 are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.     Laudato Si’ §14

Everyone who is able must put in an effort to save our earth, before it is too late. With every voice and outlet available, citizens of every country need to work against the earth’s deterioration. If we all work together, as a whole world, we can make the earth beautiful, green and safe for all the generations after us…God wants us to protect our common home, with every way we can.                                                                                                                                              Grace Smith, 8th grader – Delaware
There is a longing in us to return to our native place, to meet once again with our kin in the Earth Community. We are being called to a wider world of life, of wilderness, of spontaneity, the world of wind and rain, of oak and maple forests, of eagle and chickadee, the wolf and bear…all our relations with whom we share the Earth.                                                                            Joseph Bruchac

How does “Earth as our Common Home” inspire me to ecological conversion?  What passages from Scripture come to mind as I reflect on these readings?  What concrete action can I take today to demonstrate my commitment to care for our Common Home?

Prayer:   Loving God, as RSHM, we recognize the interconnectedness of all creation, and want to proclaim “fullness of life for all” through our relationships with one another, all peoples, and our Earth.  May we reveal your loving tenderness as we respond to the urgent cries of our beautiful, yet broken, Common Home.  Amen.