From May 22nd to May 29th, 2022, we will commemorate the seventh anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. For the Clinton Franciscan family this commemoration coincides with our recent commitment to our Laudato Si’ Action Plan in which we have dedicated ourselves and our community to learning about eco-spirituality and responding to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor.
How did we get here? Where are we going? As Pope Francis writes, responding to injustice requires a personal and cultural conversion, one that challenges us to see the world around us with different eyes.
“Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone. This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes and forms of life. A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal” (Francis, Laudato Si’, 202).
For these next eight days, we will share reflections from our Sisters and Associates on our Laudato Si’ Action Plan goals. We invite you to read about our journey as we continue to grow in our personal and communal conversion to an integral ecology that values each aspect of God’s created world. May these reflections guide you to a deeper awareness of your place in the world, relation to the Earth and the poor, and the ways you are called to respond in peace and justice.