Act Now for a Better Tomorrow
Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si' (on care for our common home) is an urgent call for humankind to care for the Earth and seek justice for oppressed and marginalized people everywhere. The letter focuses on “integral ecology,” which recognizes the interconnectedness of God, humanity and creation, and how our relationships in each of these areas affect the others. For instance, climate change is both an environmental and a social justice issue, as the health of the Earth depends on the health of its people, and vice versa.
Integral ecology: The idea that “everything is connected” (LS 91; 240) is inherent in the guiding principle of [Laudato Si’]: that of an integral ecology, understood as a complex and multidimensional reality calling for long- term vision. Integral ecology is not just about the environment; it involves an integral vision of life that can inspire better policies, indicators, research and development processes and criteria for evaluation, while avoiding distorted concepts of development and growth. … By proposing an integral ecology, the Pope wishes to point to a new vision of the world. A vision that intends to offer a comprehensive framework for understanding and responding to today’s great challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the other environmental, human and socio-economic challenges of our time.
“Journeying Toward Care for Our Common Home,” Interdicasterial Working Group of the Holy See on Integral Ecology, 2020
Implementing Laudato Si'
Spurring action to address our global ecological and social crisis, the Vatican launched the Laudato Si' Action Platform. The platform provides “a space for the universal Church to learn and grow together as we take ‘decisive action, here and now’ to care for each other and the home we share.” Starting November 14, 2021, we are invited to start a seven-year journey toward global sustainability. In this first year, we hope that you will join us as we learn, pray and discern the course of action we can each take to better care for our world.
Expanding Our Action
For decades, the Sisters of the Holy Cross have been living out the tenets of Laudato Si' through their corporate stands, the Family of Holy Cross Statement on Climate Change, and the many responsive programs (learn about Ministry With the Poor) envisioned by our sisters and partners in ministry.
Learn More about the Laudato Si' Action Platform Goals
Our Laudato Si' Pledge
In the same spirit, the Congregation recently committed to elevate its efforts for the restoration of our world and relationships by signing on with the Laudato Si' Action Platform. We made this pledge because it is urgent and necessary, and because those communities with the fewest resources and least power are the most adversely affected by climate change. In committing to this pledge, we join the universal Church and all women and men of goodwill to lead the cultural transformation that our world desperately needs.
“Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society."
Join Us Today
We invite you to enter into your own commitment as an individual, a family or a community, and to join us in this mission. First, sign up to receive emails from us to stay informed and participate in our process. Use the resources on this page to learn more about the pope’s call to the world and how you can join in. Then commit to prayer and meditation, as we assess the many issues our world faces and discern how we can be part of solutions to propel us toward sustainability.
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