Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment

 “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.

CLICK HERE for the full text of Laudato si’ – The integral text of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on care for our common home.

CLICK HERE for a short overview of the encyclical from Vatican News.

Take a moment to watch this 6-minute video of some highlights.

CLICK HERE for more information on the original canticle by St. Francis of Assisi and an English translation.

Below is a 4-minute video from America Magazine on the top 10 ideas in Laudato Si

Archbishop Lucas welcomes Pope Francis’ moral guidance on care of creation.

statement of bishop lucas

June 18, 2015
Dear Friend in Christ,

“I welcome Pope Francis’ encyclical and the moral guidance it offers on the just stewardship of the gifts of creation, which are all expressions of God’s loving design. Because men and women are created uniquely in the image and likeness of God, we have a particular responsibility to respect and care for all that God has made. This care begins with a proper respect for each human person and it extends to every aspect of creation.

Pope Francis calls individuals, families, communities, corporations and nations to a fresh way of thinking and acting. As previous popes have done, he urges us to reject a utilitarian consumerism that does not preserve the environment for future generations and that shows a harsh disregard for the poor today.

I encourage a thoughtful reading of the encyclical in the days ahead, with an encouragement to take personally the pope’s call for conversion of heart. We can join him in the prayer with which he concludes this letter, that we might be more selfless in cooperating with God’s creative plan.”

God bless you,

Archbishop George J. Lucas
Archbishop of Omaha

The final pages of Laudato Si:

246. At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.

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.

A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

Given in Rome at Saint Peter’s on 24 May, the Solemnity of Pentecost, in the year 2015, the third of my Pontificate.