In the year 2014, during our 14th General Chapter, we made a firm commitment to promote Communion with Creation. Throughout the past 7 years we have made many efforts to honor this commitment, especially by dedicating the year 2016 as a Year of Creation. The Spirit teaches us to see that our mission to share “life in its fullness” encompasses not just all people, but all of creation. Now we want to strongly support and promote the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP)- on care for our common home.
It is a new program and a public commitment for various institutions to begin a 7-year journey to total sustainability in the spirit of the integral ecology of Laudato Si’ initiated by the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development and this initiative has been promoted by many other organizations. This 7-year journey begins on October 4, 2021 on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Our commitment to justice and for the integrity of creation and all life, has prompted us to join and be part of a large network of individual and collective initiatives towards ecological conversion. We commit to continue to engage in ministries that protect and promote the life and wellbeing of all creation. In the face of the pressing environmental challenges to all persons living on our earth, we SSpS sisters take concrete steps like saying a total NO to all single use plastic, using renewable energy, reducing carbon footprints, being inclusive of the poor and vulnerable in our ministry, and make conscious efforts to promote life-giving relationships. In partnership with other like-minded people, we will network to protect our common home and see how together, we can implement sustainable and integrated development. In solidarity with the people we oppose all irresponsible mining and deforestation for industrial and commercial purpose.
Whether as an individual or in community – everyone has many opportunities to do something, starting with small actions as Pope Francis reminds us, “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (LS, 14) We invite you to be part of this 7-year journey and let us do our best in achieving the 7 goals of LSAP.
Out of our commitment for and communion with creation, where and how can we make a real difference in the care of our Common Home?