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Responding to Pope Francis and Laudato Sí

ECHo was inspired by the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis, Laudato sì: On Earth, Our Common Home (2015)[1].

 

This seminal Papal Letter speaks to people of all faiths, to come together as the human family and urgently respond to the debilitating force of indifference, vulnerability, marginalization, poverty, biodiversity loss and climate injustice.

 

 [1] Francis, 2015. Encyclical letter Laudato sì of the Holy Father Francis. 1st ed. [Vatican City]: [Vatican Web Site].

A Prayer for Our Earth

 

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live 

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, 

that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united

with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

for justice, love and peace.

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