In his Encyclical, Laudate Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that the earth is our common home and we must care for it. He calls the entire world to take action and begin a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We can all co-operate as instruments of God in the care of creation.
At the last “Laudate Si” meeting everyone there decided that, individually and as a Parish, we can begin to do something about this. Lent is the ideal time! So each week throughout Lent there will be a suggested challenge, linked to the environment, for us to take on together. This week we are asking everyone to have “Meat free Fridays” during Lent. This is not merely bringing back the Church’s “Fish on Friday”.
Amazingly, at least 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. In fact it has such a devastating effect on all aspects of our environment that the Union of Concerned Scientists lists meat eating as the second biggest environmental hazard facing the earth. Number one is fossil fuel vehicles.
During Lent we can begin to address these issues as well as preparing for Easter with small sacrifices. If Friday isn’t a good day then choose another day.
Each week there will be a new challenge in the newsletter. Everyone is urged to take on these suggestions as their Lenten effort so that together we can begin to make a difference and grow as a Missionary Parish.
Laudato si’ Study Group