Laudato Si - 2023 Intro and Invitation

“A better future is in our Hands.”

The name “Laudato Si’” means “Praised be”, an expression used by Saint Francis of Assisi to glorify God. Laudato Si’ stands on millennia of Catholic teaching. In the last 60 years, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII, and Pope Paul VI have all made explicit statements about the protection of the environment.

“In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls on “all people of good will” to undergo an ecological conversion, “whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.” (Laudato Si’, 62, 217)”

“ An ecological conversion means moving toward a greater love of God, each other, and creation by acknowledging our contribution to the ecological crisis and acting in ways that heal our common home. Ecological spirituality comes from this profound ecological conversion, and helps us to “discover God in all things.” (Laudato Si’, 160) “.

“We can discover God in both the beauty of creation and in the sighs of the sick, aware that the life of the spirit is not disassociated from worldly realities. This will help us to “overcome individualism [and] develop a different lifestyle to bring about significant changes in society.” (Laudato Si’, 208)”

 We are all invited to watch this movie to show us the insight of what Pope Francis is trying to tell us and the Environmental leaders whom were chosen to discuss this Topic with Pope Francis.

Laudato Si has to first have meaning and practical application in our own lives, families, homes and communities before we can go out to the wider society.

This has been the approach the Columbans – JPIC has and is using in the past decades and we are invited to reflect deeply on these issues and to find practical solutions that can allow all members of our families and communities to Listen, learn and Participate.

Vinaka Vakalevu

Te. - JPIC

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