Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment, entitled “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home” was a challenging, prayerful, and insightful letter. Pope Francis began with the Canticle of the Sun, written by St. Francis of Assisi: “Praise be with you, my Lord, through our sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.” First and foremost, Laudato Si’ reminds us that the destiny of all creation is bound up with the mystery of Christ.
As complex as the encyclical is, Pope Francis made it easier for us to talk to our children about the importance of caring for our common earth when he wrote, “There is nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions.” Each of us “can directly and significantly affect the world around us by avoiding the use of plastic, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, taking only what can reasonable by consumed, showing care for other living beings, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights. Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love.” These “daily actions” can and should be part of our lifestyle at home and here at school.
This Thursday, in anticipation of Earth Day, we will share our love for our Earth with the wonderful L’Arche Farm community. As part of their fundraising and as a gift to our school, L’Arche will host an Earth Day Market under our covered playground area. If you are thinking about starting or reviving an herb garden, or just filling your hanging baskets with colored flowers, please stop by between 2:00 and 4:30 PM on April 19th. This is a wonderful and direct way to support the great work of L’Arche, as well as to help celebrate Earth Day by planting something with your kids and talking to them about the great gift of our Earth. We are blessed to have an abundance of natural beauty here in the Pacific Northwest.
Laudato Si’. Let us give praise.
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Check out the many great things that L’Arche is doing in our community!