What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to our children who are now growing up? (Laudato Si #160)
Pope Francis asks this in his encyclical addressed to “every person living on this planet” and invites us to enter into a dialogue about our common home. The encyclical centres around the concept of integral ecology to describe the relationships of the person: with God, with one’s self, with other hu-man beings, with creation. In six chapters, Pope Francis teaches that sci-ence is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the Earth. Our faith and Church teaching call us to right relationships and dialogue, particularly between politics and economy, and between religion and science, as they pertain to the care of our common home.
Using this guide as an individual or in a small group
This guide, produced by the Columban Missionaries, is for people of faith and people of conscience who are interested in studying the words of Pope Francis and taking action. It may be used individually or in a group, one chapter at a time or as a whole. Each chapter of ‘Laudato Si’ is addressed in two ways: study and action. The guide offers a summary and questions for reflection, as well as ways you and your community can take action in order to care for our common home. “All it takes is one good person to restore hope!” (#71)