Dear Brothers, Associates, and friends,
Bro. Edward Driscoll invites all of you to read Laudato Si (Praised Be), Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Many of you asked if we would respond as a Congregation. For your awareness, we have joined with other members of CMSM in doing so. However, we also want to invite you to send comments and suggestions about what we as individuals or as the entire Xaverian family can do in response. You are invited to post comments below, where we can all share our responses with one another as we all strive, each in our own way, and, as a Congregation, to answer the call of Pope Francis.
As he presents what we are called to do, Pope Francis says, “We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference.” He calls us to be engaged in some way as we study and pray about our environment and take whatever action we can.
You can read the encyclical here. For quotations from the encyclical arranged by topic, click here.
Here is one action you can take immediately: Send a thank you note to Pope Francis!
Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns director Gerry Lee and Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant are going to Rome for a conference on the encyclical in July. Dan will present these thank you notes from people of faith around the world. Sign the thank you note here.
We thank you for leaving your thoughts, comments, and suggestions below.