Inspired by Laudato Si
The Pope’s widely acclaimed encyclical Laudato Si is a call to all Christian communities, indeed to all people of good will, to care for the environment, our ‘sister Earth’. We should do so, not merely because human life depends on it, but also because our environment, in all its huge abundance and incredible diversity, is God’s loved creation.
Starting with a small group who studied and were inspired by Laudato Si, the English Speaking Community of the Parish of Notre Dame, encourages care of our environment both through the witness of small practical steps that are within our reach and by joining the wider Christian community in prayer and worship.
We work closely with the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Group of the Anglican community here in Luxembourg. The title of this group underlines that environmental issues and those of social justice are inextricably linked – a point repeatedly emphasised by Pope Francis in Laudato Si.
You can also see our own Archbishop, Mgr Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ talking (in French) about Integral Ecology here.
Evening of Hope
Our Evening of Hope took place in the Capucins Monastery on 7 April 2019, with extracts from the film Demain, an illustrated talk on Pope Francis Encyclical Laudato Si, and suggestions for practical engagement. This was followed by Mass in the Church along the same theme. More than thirty people participated in the evening.
You can download Marcella’s report of the evening here: An Evening of Hope for the Planet – report
And/or download Steve’s slides here: Evening of hope
And/or download the list of environmental groups and activities in Luxembourg, compiled by Vladimir and Simon, here: Evening of hope – some contact addresses
You can also listen to Fr Ed’s sermon at the Mass here.
You can read my report of the meeting: ‘So you think you’re green: The environmental impact of our lifestyles’ here. (Stephen McCarthy)
For further information about the Laudato Si group