The Laudato Si’ Movement produces a monthly reflection which incorporates resources and reflections on aspects of Laudato Si’ and ecological conversion.

Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us

Pope Francis, LS 33

This month, as we prepare for the Season of Creation, we praise God for the gift of biodiversity and pray for its preservation. Our August Encounter features:

  • A prayer for extinct and endangered species
  • A scriptural reflection by Fr. Stephen Makagutu OFM, Cap
  • A story of hope for Kibera, Africa’s largest slum
  • A reflection on Mt. Kilimanjaro’s plight
  • Laudato Si’ Animator Jeanne Ghislaine Nguegoue’s ecological conversion story
  • St. Augustine’s inspiring story
  • A celebration of the first circle of the Malawi Chapter
  • The unprecedented early release of Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Prayer for extinct and endangered species

Lord God, our Creator all life forms that exist on our sister Mother Earth come from Your hands. You created us in the diversity of genera and species, giving each of Your creatures a unique and singular mark. We praise You, O Father, with all Your creatures! We praise You, our Lord, for biodiversity!

We contemplate Your action that transforms and recreates everything, in the diversity of species that throughout natural history have been appearing or being naturally extinct, as a natural result of evolution. Each species contributes, in its own way to offer humanity, free of charge, the ecosystemic services that beautify, dignify and fill human life with colours and meaning.

However, today we see the threat to the diversity of life in our common home, and that human action throughout history has drastically accelerated the rate of extinction of species, increasing up to 1,000 times the natural rates.

Inspired by Pope Francis, we want to reaffirm:

“We have no right to do so” (LS 33). We want to turn the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor into our cry. Teach us, Lord, to care for creation! Inspire us to commit ourselves and engage in concrete actions to protect and conserve every species on our planet. Through Christ, Your Son and our brother. Amen.

By Friar Wellington Buarque, OFM, Laudato Si’ Animator. Pernambuco, Brazil.

“They watched Him closely” (Lk 14:1)

Fr. Makagutu OFMCap

Just as the Pharisees watched Jesus closely to see what He did on the Sabbath day, the next generation has intently put their eyes on us to see if we really care about the loss of biodiversity leading to the extinction of species which scientists report to be at its peak in this century and how we are responding to the dangers of this loss. Are we consciously keeping the ecosystem under constant observation so as to curb biodiversity loss?

Watch Fr Makagutu’s reflection in this video.

Full details are to be found in the Monthly Prayer Guide, which is sure to inspire you in your ongoing ecological conversion. A pdf version is also available from here.

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