“Lord, Our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!”

We ask the Catholic community: How are we called to care for God’s creation? How may we apply our social teaching, with its emphasis on the life and dignity of the human person, to the challenge of protecting the earth, our common home? What can we in the Catholic community offer to the environmental movement, and what can we learn from it? How can we encourage a serious dialogue in the Catholic community–in our parishes, schools, colleges, universities, and other settings–on the significant ethical dimensions of the environmental crisis?

(Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching, A Pastoral Statement of the United States Catholic Conference November 14, 1991)

Interested in taking action? Here are a few suggestions!

Make the Pledge Today!

All across our country, Catholics are taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor and joining the Catholic Climate Covenant. The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations, and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. To join the Covenant, you commit to act on each of the five elements of the St. Francis Pledge. Let’s all make the pledge together!

THE SAINT FRANCIS PLEDGE

I/We Pledge to:

  • PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
  • LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.
  • ASSESS how we as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.
  • ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change.
  • ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

The Catholic Diocese of Lexington Earth Day Prayer

Creator God,

Thank you for the glorious gift of the earth, especially our own little piece of it! The entire material universe speaks of Your love, Your boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. Help us to share our intimate connection and Care of our Common Home through care of creeks and mountains, meadows, and forests. Help us to share our relationships and knowledge so that all may partake of the gracious bounty that You have given us.

Awaken our memories to those places where revisiting them is a chance to recover something of our true selves in You, our God. For we all remember places, and revisiting those memories does us much good; especially those of us who have grown up in the hills or used to sit by the spring to drink, or played outdoors in the neighborhood square. Going back to those places is a chance to recover something of our true selves. May we continue to cultivate this great love revealed into us in your creation and in those places in our memories. In your Holy name, we pray!

Amen

Written for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington by members of the Laudato Si Commission. 2021