We often think about Lent as a personal journey – our own 40 days in the desert with Jesus. But what are the social implications of Lent? What about the the global impact of a billion Catholics all Lenting together? The reach might be even larger than we think if we shift our collective consciousness toward building a better planet. We’ve always been proud of the Church’s teaching that science is legit, evolution (and all scientific theories) are no threat to faith, and that we can learn a lot about God by studying the truth revealed in the natural world. We got even prouder when Papa Frankie himself had a little something to say about caring for creation in these modern times. Of course, we need to be more than proud, we need to be active and get to work to better take care of our planet and the poorest people who are affected first by environmental devastation. Turns out there’s a ton of resources to help us live out our belief in caring for all of creation. Here’s a few to get you started:
Catholic Climate Covenant “inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor.” They call on individuals and organizations to act, pray, and advocate to solve climate change with the St. Francis Pledge. This week on the podcast we talk about how this organization and their Lenten calendar inspired us to stop speeding and use our no meat during Lent purchasing power for good.
Laudato Si – “Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.” Did you know that “encyclical” is just a fancy shmancy word for “letter”? Pope Francis addressed this one to every person living on Earth. Never read an encyclical? Not Catholic? This should be the one you start with!
Catholic Relief Services’ treasure trove of articles, videos, lesson plans, and accessible info. – We can’t say enough good stuff about the work of CRS. You’ll just have to go down this humanely raised, small family business supporting, organically fed rabbit hole for yourself.
Catholic Social Teaching UK – turns out there are still Catholics in England who aren’t called Anglicans. They have a peppy little website with great stories and reflections about why we should probably stop killing our home.
Got a resource we should know about? Add to the list by leaving a comment!
– Dizzy and Ges