Laudate Deum 2024 Reflection

Laudate Deum Reflective Reading and Discussion
January/February 2024

The Conference Care of Creation Dream Group is offering an opportunity for Presentation people to read, reflect, discuss and discern around Pope Francis’ Laudate Deum document. This six-week reflective experience will begin on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, and be offered weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific, 12 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Eastern until the final session on Wednesday, February 7. Each session will include a facilitator that will lead the group in prayer, discussion and reflection.

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“Laudate Deum” comes from a long line of creation care in the Catholic Church

While Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Laudate Deum” was published on October 4, 2023, it is hardly the first time a pope has spoken about caring for creation as being integral to our Christian calling. In 2015, Pope Francis issued the prophetic and most widely read encyclical “Laudato Si.” This writing was addressed to every person on the planet.

Before Pope Francis, Pope Benedict was known as the Green Pope for his many statements regarding creation care and for putting solar panels on the Vatican.

On January 1, 1990, Pope John Paul II gave his World Day of Peace message in which he declared that “the ecological crisis is a moral issue.”

Centuries ago, mystics like Hildegard of Bingen wrote about the goodness and holiness of creation. Some 800 years ago St. Francis of Assisi wrote the “Canticle of the Sun” and is beloved for his humility, and his care of creation and of those made poor.