Theme Reflection

Pope Francis, in his encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, published May 2015, has given the world a gift of Christian insight and wisdom concerning an important and timely subject: the environment. We are all aware of environmental issues, but in our busy lives, tend to consider them as issues for others, namely environmental experts, politicians, business leaders, and indigenous peoples, for example. Let them grapple together, sort things out, make their deals, and hopefully all will be well. Pope Francis, good pastor that he is, does not let us off so easily. He wants each of us to confront the difficult reality of the degradation of the environment and its implications for the poor of the world, future generations and our own lifestyles. In his mind, everything is connected. This year, under the theme of Care For Our Common Home,we will reflect on the most essential teachings of this encyclical and make concrete resolutions for changes in our own lives. In Francis’ words, “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change…” . We need to take to heart the challenge of Pope Francis to change ourselves. We want to consider the changes that need to be made both personally and as school communities. Jesus Christ calls his disciples the light of the world. If we reflect well on Pope Francis’ words and resolve to change our lives in ways that the Holy Spirit guides us, we will provide light to the world by our hopeful and positive response to the challenge.