Mercy to Earth Weekend 2017
Both the celebration of Mercy Sunday and Earth Day are the on same weekend in 2017, and to celebrate, the #Mercy2Earth Weekend is a global campaign to encourage Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ important “Mercy to Earth” message and put it into action. This weekend in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement and has a number of special resources for you to celebrate #Mercy2Earth Weekend, both online from your home and in your parish or community. Go to the Mercy2Earth website to sign up.
On the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2016 Pope Francis said:
“The Christian life involves the practice of the traditional seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. “We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated, the confessional and spiritual direction for those needing counsel and forgiveness… But if we look at the works of mercy as a whole, we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces.”
Obviously “human life itself and everything it embraces” includes care for our common home. So let me propose a complement to the two traditional sets of seven: may the works of mercy also include care for our common home.
As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world” (Laudato Si’, 214) which “allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us” (ibid., 85). As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world” (ibid., 230-31).” (Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 1 September 2016)
Cardinal Turkson says of this message: “This Message is the next logical step after Laudato Si’, for it is showing us how to internalise its teaching in our lives and in our world. It is asking us to live Laudato Si’!”
This is your invitation to be active and live Laudato Si’ – please join up by clicking the following link: Mercy2Earth website to sign up.