The Franciscan Family has launched The Laudato Si’ Revolution, a global campaign (from 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021), to celebrate and implement the Laudato Si’ encyclical of Pope Francis.
The objective is to encourage and promote integral ecological conversion, that is, an environmental, economic and social ecology.
The human and social dimensions are at the heart of the campaign. The values of social and environmental justice, care and respect for creation and intergenerational solidarity are meant be part of our daily lives.
As Franciscans we cannot remain on the side-lines of peaceful, non-violent transformation, but rather be active, creative and courageous participants in it. Pope Francis calls us to respond to “the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution” (LS.114).
Amid so many crises, our contemporary civilization needs the Franciscan vision of the world and its values. We cannot bury them, but rather take creative and courageous risks so that we can become troubadours of hope, artisans of a new, transformed society, and be living parables of the Kingdom of God.
In the words of the Minister General, Michael Perry, “This is not the time to close in on ourselves, Laudato Si’ encourages us to reach out, to step out. Pope Francis constantly reminds us that we are all connected, that the cry of the poor is our cry, and so is the cry of the earth.”
Michael Perry invites all the members of the Franciscan Family and beyond to join a revolution, “not a revolution in the political sense, but a spiritual revolution. A conversion of mind and heart that brings us closer to the reality of life.”
Along with events to be held around the world, the initiative presents a series of resources for liturgy, reflection and formation.
For more information and resources see www.laudatosirevolution.org.