#Simplicity Day

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ challenges us to “Care for Our Common Home” by growing in faith, hope, and love. We must strive to live in healthy relationships with God, neighbour, and all creation. We are called to be ecological citizens, to make prudent decisions, and to take sometimes bold actions. In the particular matter of climate change, we are cautioned to reduce emissions of pollutants like carbon dioxide when it is in our control.

So, today (12th July) we celebrate #simplicity day. We thought that it would be useful to give some examples on how the people from our office are trying to help the environment by making decisions that represent less waste and living simpler.

– No plastic bottles for me, thank you. Rosie has said ‘no’ to plastic bottles, so she always tries to carry around her bottle of water. This is a great decision since a million plastic bottles are bought around the world per minute. So, next time that you leave home try to take with you your reusable bottle.

-Personal hygiene – plastic free. Steve has decided since his birthday that his daily hygiene routines will not cost the environment. So, he had ditched ALL THE PLASTIC. This means, for example, replacing the plastic bottles for soap bars, plastic toothbrush for bamboo toothbrush.

-I only eat what I grow (on Thursdays). Bridge has decided that in her house they will only eat what they grow in their allotment on Thursdays. This means very fresh tomatoes and lettuce, but not always the amount of food that you usually expect when you go to the supermarket. But, this also gives you another perspective of how people who depend of what they grow is what they eat and become more conscious about what we buy.

-Give me nature. You know that the coconut oil can be used as a moisturiser, makeup removal, shaving cream,  hair conditioner and much more. So, I have decided to stop buying a bunch of cosmetics and replace them with coconut oil. This does not only help to reduce plastic bottle waste, but helps you too.

I hope you enjoyed our experiences and recommendations and that it encourages you to start making different decisions that will help the environment and live simpler.

Have a lovely day!

P.S: “An important part of our faith is to care for creation and to develop respect for other people in the world. Becoming a livesimply parish helps you go deeper and to take action.”

Written by Estefanía González

 

 

 

JULY MONTHLY PRAYER

CAFOD PRAYERS for Tuesday 3rd July 2018 

Feast of St Thomas the Apostle 

 

Opening Prayer (All)  

O Lord, open our eyes to your presence, 

open our minds to your grace, 

open our lips to your praise, 

open our hearts to your love, 

open our lives to your healing  

and be found amongst us. 

 

Readings:Ephesians 2:19-22 

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. 

Psalm 116 

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the good news. 

Praise the Lord, all you nations. 

Acclaim him all you peoples! 

Strong is his love for us; 

He is faithful for ever. 

 

John 11:16  

Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him”. 

John 20:24-29 

But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 

Reflection 

“This passage from John’s Gospel has all the more significance because it brings the Gospel to a close (Chapter 21 is a sort of Appendix).  The Gospel ends as it began with the only two unmistakable declarations in the New Testament of the divinity of Jesus. “The Word was God” and “My Lord and my God” bracket the Gospel, showing the purpose and angle of the whole, to show that Jesus is God.  It complements the other Gospels: they show a man who is also God, whereas this Gospel shows a God who is also man.”   

(Henry Wansborough in “The Sunday Word”) 

Prayers of Concern 

 

Closing Prayer(All) 

Go gently, my friends; 

feel the good earth beneath your feet, 

celebrate the rising of the sun, 

listen to the birds at dawn, 

walk gently under the silent stars, 

knowing that you are on holy ground, 

held in love, 

in the wonder of God’s creation. 

Amen 

Refugees Week 18-24

According to the UN, more than a million refugees had crossed into Europe by the end of 2015. The majority were fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The desperate plight of people seeking safety in Europe continues, and the UN reports that more than 170,000 refugees and migrants reached Europe by sea in 2017.

Whilst the number of refugees entering Europe fell in 2016, the number of casualties increased. In 2016, 5096 people died or went missing whilst trying to enter Europe, and more than 3081 people lost their lives in 2017.

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This is the reason the Share the Journey campaign was created.  Pope Francis is asking us to show compassion to those who have lost everything and are desperate to find somewhere safe for themselves and their children.

Let’s make the aim of this week to put that compassion into action. It might be by walking and adding your miles to the Share the Journey totaliser, by giving time to those who need it, or by praying for this world. Whatever you decide to do, THANK YOU. Thanks to all your support, CAFOD supporters around the country have already walked more the 21,000 miles!

Hope you have had a wonderful #WorldRefugeeDay

Colossians 3:12 “therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Written by Estefanía González