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Upcoming steps in the journey

Posted October 1, 2021

Bird in flight

Photo Ramzi Bezzoudji

As we embark on a transformative journey to total sustainability in the spirit of Laudato Si’, the Laudato Si’ Action Platform is grateful to share some updated information on the next steps in the journey.

Nearly 200 partner organizations have been working together to shape the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, and already communities across the world are pledging their commitment to respond to the call of Laudato Si’ by discerning and implementing a concrete plan with the help of the Laudato Si’ Planning Guides.

The synodal process of developing the Laudato Si’ Action Platform has been tremendously rich. The co-leadership of the working group members has inspired the evolution and expansion of the program and, in recent weeks, we have sensed that the Holy Spirit is inviting the Laudato Si’ Action Platform team to continue building on the dynamic conversations taking place among these partners.

In response, the date for registering your family, community group, or institution to create your Laudato Si’ Plan has been extended to 14 November, the World Day of Prayer for the Poor.

Many groups are already well on the way to creating their Laudato Si’ Plan, while others are taking the first steps on the path of “ecological conversion.” We hope that offering additional resources in November, rather than in October, will allow the wonderfully collaborative processes that are now taking place to flourish. The Holy Spirit calls us all to work in communion and to “weave bonds of belonging and togetherness,” and that is a call to which the Laudato Si’ Action Platform  happily responds. (LS 149)

4 October remains a precious day in the Church and in our journey together, a day to celebrate St Francis of Assisi, who “invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us.” (LS 12) To mark this day, and to help us prayerfully prepare for the path ahead, we invite you to join us in 40 days of prayer for the worldwide community walking the Laudao Si’ path together.

You are warmly invited to pray for the 40 days between 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis, and 14 November. 14 November is the World Day of Prayer for the Poor, and the launch of new planning materials on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

Prayers for the seven sectors served by the Laudato Si’ Action Platform are available to download here.

Please feel free to download the individual prayer for your sector here.

You are warmly welcomed to share these prayers in your network.

An early library of resources and a list of events, all generously offered by the network of partner organizations that are co-creators of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, will be available from 4 October. Please use these resources freely by clicking on the Resources and Events pages.

It is the deepest prayer of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform team that this extended period of preparation will be a time of fruitful reflection and abundant blessings, as we join together as a united Catholic family on the journey to sustainability in the holistic spirit of Laudato Si’.