In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis is calling us to remember our mission to be stewards of creation. Although I hear this phrase every so often in my Catholic circles, I often wonder what it really means. How do we care for our Earth? I really believe that it also has to do with being stewards for each other. Pope Francis’ message to Catholics and “people of goodwill” is to not just save the planet.
This next generation of young people have been called to guard and secure a future for the world where previous generations have neglected to do so. Be it through our efforts to provide clean water for children in Africa or our efforts to promote safer ways to live a lifestyle that is beneficial to both the planet and ourselves.
The one message I have really picked up on from the encyclical and from the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is that in caring for our fellow man, we care for our common home.
Does this mean that only young people can care for the Earth? Of course not. But if we are to be leaders in the future, we need to be the ones to put into action now. Pope Francis’ call to “people of goodwill” is to invite people to come to Christ asking His help to not only restore our fallen state of grace, by means of salvation, but to care for those who need it the most. Our call as young people is for us to safeguard all of God’s creations.
After a long and difficult journey, we have finally arrived at the last station – Jesus is laid in the tomb. He has been condemned, forced to carry the cross, fallen three times, crucified and has died. And for what, you may ask?
Have you ever heard the death cry? It is different from the typical cry of a broken heart or a weep in despair. The death cry is a sudden wail. It is a jerky lamentation with a gaping mouth gasping for air between sobs that struggle to squeeze out the sorrow; the sorrow of a separated loved one. Continue reading “Station Thirteen: Love and pity”→
Here is the Son of God—who appeared transfigured, dazzlingly radiant, before His disciples—nailed to a cross. Here is the Messiah—who the angel Gabriel announced would be called the Son of the Most High, who would reign over the house of Jacob forever—on the brink of death, with blood pouring profusely from His many wounds.
Clothing often defines an individual. It can reflect their social status and their personality. Our clothing is a part of us, acting as a second skin, protecting us from the harsh criticism of others. If ever our clothes are forcibly taken from us we would be humiliated, ashamed and our spirits would be broken. Continue reading “Station Ten: Undefined by the world”→
In this station Jesus falls for the third time but He rises once again. He has fallen twice already but He chooses to get back up and continue walking, towards His inevitable death.
When I was younger and I fell while playing, it hurt. I would cry and slowly get up, cursing the ground for existing. Now that I’m older I’m not falling physically, but I still fall spiritually, and it still hurts, though it’s a different kind of pain. Continue reading “Station Nine: Why we get back up”→