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5 years later: a reflection on Laudato Si'

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Seeing, Judging and Acting.

These three frames organize a new documentary focusing on Laudato Si', the 2015 encyclical written by Pope Francis with a subtitle: on care for our common home.

This three-prong methodology is also called the Pastoral Circle and helps name and analyze the critical issues for clean water access, climate change, and biodiversity loss while motivating people toward solutions. This encyclical connects the root problems and collective solutions between the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth -- just one of the many critical conceptualizations of this global message.

You can watch the entire 40 minute video message here:

The video features many voices such as Maude Barlow, David Suzuki, Leonardo Boff, Father Joshtrom Kureethadam, and Sister Margo Ritchie from the Sisters of St. Joseph In Canada Congregation.

Father Joshtrom Kureethadam's book the 10 Green Commandments of Laudato Si' is mentioned several times including the concept of Ecological Sin. Rather than just trying to save oneself through good acts or save just Christians, stopping Ecological Sin saves Creation. Kureethadam also stresses two of the most important virtues for caring for our common home: praise and humility.

At the 30-minute mark, our very own CSJ Blue Community project is highlighted by Sister Margo Ritchie as just one important action a community can take to promote water justice -- equitable and universal access to clean water.

What are some of your reflections about this new documentary or the 5 year anniversary of Laudato Si'?

Thanks to the work Living Laudato Si', the 7 themes below are also key elements for caring for our common home.

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