|As a means of narrowing the bridges and opening the door for new friendships to be formed, Associates were given an Associate's name, randomly drawn, to hold in prayer until this time next year. The prayer below was sent to all Associates to use if they would like.|
Gracious and loving God, thank you for the gift of _____________
to the Associate relationship. May God bless him/her and each of his/her loved ones. May he/she be remembered each time I come to you in prayer. Bless us all on our journey to your Kingdom. In a special way we remember our Angels from this past year. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
The encyclical in full: http://laudatosi.com/watch
Study guide sites:
Summary and Reflections: http://ipjc.org (Type "Laudato Si" in the search box in the upper left to go directly to the summary and reflection guide.)
Discussion Guide: http://usccb.org (Type "Laudato Si" in the search box at the upper right to go directly to the discussion guide.)
Reflection Resource: http://ecospiritualityresources.com
Questions from Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese
Where have you seen harm inflicted on Sister Earth?
What are the effects on people's lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development, and the throw away culture?
If the ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us, how do we and other creatures fit into God's plan?
Questions from Columbian Center For Advocacy and Outreach
What is your understanding of care for creation and care for the poor? Are there restraints that wealthy nations need to make to ensure that all can benefit?
What responsibilities do you have to creation? How is poverty an environmental issue?
In what ways are you free? In what ways are you bound? What are the steps you can take to live out the call to ecological conversion?