Laudato Si’ at Ascension: Promoting Care for Creation

sun-hat-957895_1920Pope Francis’ visionary ecological encyclical, written to the people of the world, energized this environmental and peace and justice activist in a dynamic way. He reminds us that care for the earth and people who are poor is our duty, rooted in solidly Catholic social teaching.  Pope Francis and Laudato Si’ inspired me so much that I came back to my parish to support and lead new environmental efforts.

It’s a lot of time and work, yet there’s no work more important for the planet. Now we have a visionary encyclical to back us up!  At Ascension Parish in Oak Park, Illinois, we formed the Honoring Our Mother Earth (HOME) green team as an outgrowth of our long-standing and active Peace and Justice ministry. HOME’s vision and actions are a perfect way to care for Creation, our common home.

We scattered seeds to see what would take root and blossom. Here are some of the strategies our 27-member HOME team engaged in: Continue reading