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Laudato si’ - Papal Encyclical on the Environment

posted Jun 19, 2015, 6:20 PM by Sean Donovan   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 11:58 PM ]

Are you ready to answer the call of Laudato si’? Take action today and care for our common home.

Some key actions you can take today

Get a Powerpoint presentation for use in group discussion below in "files" section or click here

The Canticle of the Creatures

St Francis of Assisi


Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, all praise is yours, all glory, all honour, and all blessing.

To you, alone, Most High, do they belong! No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through all you have made,

And first my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and through whom you give us light. How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendour; of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

All Praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens you have made them, bright, and precious, and fair.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brothers wind and air, and fair and stormy, all the weather's moods, by which you cherish all that you have made.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water, so useful, humble, precious and pure.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten up the night. How beautiful is he, how cheerful! Full of power and strength.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us, and produces various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through those who grant pardon for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy are those who endure in peace, By You, Most High, they will be crowned.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death, from whose embrace no mortal can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those she finds doing your will! The second death can do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks and serve him with great humility.

Darren McDowell writes:

The Pope’s latest encyclical Laudato Si has created much excitement, discussion and enthusiasm.  A new resource, aimed at assisting parishes reflect upon this encyclical and work towards taking personal and collective action has now been produced and made available through Garratt Publishing. 

Care for Our Common Home: An Australian Group Reading Guide to Laudato Si’ provides an accessible way to take up the Australian Bishops’ invitation for the Catholic community and the wider Australian community to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the encyclical. This reading guide has been produced with through Catholic Earthcare Australia and provides an easy way for all parish groups to discuss, reflect and take action. 

The booklet can be ordered from: Garratt Publishing ( 

You may also like to contact me about assisting you implement this resource within your community.  I can be contacted on or 4222 2463.

Thanks and as always happy to help in any way that I can.



Sean Donovan,
Jul 12, 2015, 3:39 PM