72. The Psalms frequently exhort us to praise God the Creator, “who spread out the earth on the waters, for his steadfast love endures for ever” (Ps 136:6). They also invite other creatures to join us in this praise: “Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created” (Ps 148:3-5). We do not only exist by God’s mighty power; we also live with him and beside him. This is why we adore him.
Reflection: Read the entirety of Psalm 136 or Psalm 148. What imagery in either psalm catches your attention? How do you express praise for God the Creator? How is your praise both personal and relational; “we also live with and beside” God. Talk with another person about your reflection on these psalms. .
Action: Be intentional this week about praising God, encouraged by the psalms and by the way nature, in her intricate circle of life and beauty, praises the Creator. Share what you learn with someone else.
Prayer for Ukraine and for Peace
Read the Council’s statement on the mass shootings in Buffalo. Be sure to follow up and read the recommended analysis of these racially motivated shootings here. Talk about it with those you know and those you influence.
Learn about how Canada also struggles with replacement theory. What is the role of fear in this thinking? What is in our own hearts and minds as we read and reflect? Called to be lifelong learners and teachers, what do you need to learn and teach more about?
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All change begins with one small step. Commit yourself to reading the Laudato Si’ reflection each week. One paragraph at a time you can stop and reflect on what we are all called to as a Laudato Si’ community!
The May newsletter of the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is focused on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s “Dirty Dozen List” – a list of twelve mainstream brands or corporations that profit from sexual exploitation. Curious? Wonder about Etsy, Google Search, Reddit? Read the whole newsletter here, along with suggestions for actions. And share this newsletter with others!
And this is an issue that has no respect for borders of any kind. It is a global enterprise that exploits young people through online means. Read more here about Canada’s fight to protect young people from online exploitation.
Justice for Immigrants
Climate change has a devastating impact around the world. Read about the intersectionality of migration and climate change; how does such an argument lead to even greater pressure on our collective borders? Share what you learn with others.
Thousands of migrants have been held up in substandard conditions for more than two years, and that wait will be extended with the court decision not to lift Title 42 this week. Read about the human beings trapped, and remember that they are your sister, your brother, your niece, your nephew. Share what you think and feel with someone else.
Partnership with Haiti
As countries around the world broke (and continue to break) ties with their colonized past, the conditions of their freedom were often hidden. This New York Times report, “The Root of Haiti’s Misery: Reparations to Enslavers” (available in French, English, and Kreyol) is a devastating unpacking of the cost of freedom. It is a must read in order to understand the current struggle in Haiti. Share what you learn with someone else.