Students

The Linked Parishes of  Pope John XXIII  &  Christ The King

2020-21 Faith Formation Program

Middle Grades

Session 8 - Care for God's Creation

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OUR COMMON HOME

 

God has given us the earth as our home. It’s our common home because we share it with everyone. We are a family, and like every family we need to work together to look after our home.

In the first book of the Bible we hear how God made the whole world, from the stars in the sky to the deepest oceans. People, creatures, land, water and mountains are all part of God’s wonderful creation and we have a responsibility to look after it all.

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A reading from the book of Genesis:

“Then God commanded ‘Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit.’

 

Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds.

 

Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life, wild, large and small.

 

And now we will make human beings; they will be like us.

 

God looked at everything he had made and was very pleased.”

The earth is God’s gift to us.

It’s full of beauty and wonder.

It belongs to everyone on the planet to share.

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Hiking in Nature

Look at this picture and reflect for a few minutes in silence.

What do you love about our world?

 

Why do you think it’s important to look after the world?

We use God's gifts the right way when we are not wasteful and when we take good care of them.  It is right to share them with other people.  If we use God's gifts properly, earth will be apleasant place to live.

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How do I know the Catholic Church believes in this idea??

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Sometimes, Popes write very large and important letters to all the people of the church, all over the world.  These letters are called encyclicals.

The first encyclical Pope Francis wrote taught us that we need to care for our earth.  It was called "Laudato Si'" which means "Praise Be".

The letter reminded us that we have a responsibility to care for God's Creation.

We show our respect for the Creator by the way we maintain His creation.

This is called STEWARDSHIP.

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STEWARDSHIP: The Catholic social teaching principle of stewardship is about being responsible guardians. We are guardians of the earth. Exercising stewardship is caring for the gifts God has given us, including the environment, our own personal talents and other resources.

Care for the earth  is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are  called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with  all of God’s creation.

Care for God's Creation is one of the 7 Priciples of Catholic Social Justice.

What does the Catholic Church teach about care for creation?

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In his Encyclical "Laudato Si", Pope Francis challenges us to  do 3 things;

live wisely

think deeply

love generously

Take some time to think about this call from Pope Francis and decide how you can respond to each of these 3 challenges to help care for God's creation - in your home, in your community, in your family.