How to Earn the Patch: The intention is that families, scouts, parishes, and schools can utilize these guidelines in assisting children ages 10+ years old in earning the Care for Our Common Home Patch. This will consist of an educational component to learn about Care for Our Common Home and a stewardship project to put into practice our call to care for this planet. When completed, simply go to our STORE and you can order your patches.
What is Laudato Si’ : Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is an encyclical that Pope Francis wrote in 2015 to inform, encourage, and challenge people to better care for the creation that God has entrusted to us. The phrase Laudato Si’ is translated as “Praise Be to You” and is in reference to a prayer that St. Francis of Assisi wrote that praises God for all His creation. You can see the St. Francis Prayer Here and an online version of Laudato Si’ by clickingHere
Who We Are: Laudato Si’ Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to further a conservation ethic among people while connecting them to their faith. Our mission is to restore humanity’s connection to the natural world through education, stewardship, and recreation. Thank You for Living Laudato Si’ through earning this patch.
To put into action our call to be caretakers of this Earth God has given to us, it is important we do acts of service to help the environment. We call this “Stewardship”. Look at the list of ideas for stewardship projects below or create your own stewardship project that you will do in your local area that will help Care for Our Common Home.
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Try taking the Ignition Carbon Challenge HERE
2. Below are several excerpts from various Church documents on Caring for Creation. You will see that the Church has been very consistent on its teaching of our need to be stewards of this planet. Please read the following and reflect on its meaning
Congratulations on Earning Your Caring for Our Common Home Patch!
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Restoring Our Natural Connection
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An examen is a meditative form of prayer to reflect upon your actions and how they build up or tear down the Kingdom of God. Prayerfully read through and reflect on the following: Ecological Examen by: Joseph Carver, SJ
LAUDATO SI' PROJECT
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Guidelines for Ages 10+
A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal. Pope Francis, Laudato Si' 202
To better understand the teachings of the Catholic Church in regards to caring for creation please do the following.
1. Watch 3 short video clips: