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Anniversary of Laudato Si’ – A Perfect Time to Act

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator

One year ago, on June 18th 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. People everywhere are getting ready for Laudato Si’ Week (June 12-19) where there will be a major international celebration of the encyclical’s anniversary to reflect on the Laudato Si’ message and express our gratitude to Pope Francis by taking action to bring the encyclical to life.

What better time for us to put our commitment to the Corporate Stance on Climate into action! Have you asked your M.P. to hold a Town Hall as part of the Consultation for Canada's Climate Action Plan. I wrote one small e-mail to my M.P. and his office called me today to announce the date of the Town Hall on June 18th!

Another action idea is to approach our Parishes with an invitation to become more ecologically aware. The Global Catholic Climate Movement has just released a comprehensive Eco-Parish Guide.

With the inspiration of the Congregation of Notre Dame Social Justice Network project of the Greening of the Motherhouse, what a great resource to bring to life.

At Visitation Province we are fortunate to have encouragement for climate action in our Province Calendar this year. We began January with the quote, "Each moment on this bright blue planet is precious so use it carefully" and the question "How do I treat this precious earth?" February asked "What will our action be?" and this month we are invited to reflect on the question "Do I appreciate the sacredness all around me?" Let us move into action and seize the moment of celebrating Laudato Si’ to fully embrace our climate action promise.

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator 


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