The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has put together a wonderful Advent Reflection Guide based on Laudato Si. We encourage you to incorporate this into your weekly Advent prayers and reflection.
"The weeks of Advent are about waiting, preparing, and anticipating the coming
of Christ in our lives. But how shall we wait? We give thanks, we pray,
and we open our hearts to the cry of the earth and the poor. In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls people
of faith and people of goodwill to dialogue about our
common home. As we enter the Advent season, it is a time
for preparation and hope for an earth and spirit renewed.
This year, the Faith Economy Ecology Transformation
Working Group’s Advent guide will explore some of the
teachings of Laudato Si’ and how we can live them out in a
way that brings greater joy in our everyday lives and more
justice in our public policies.
The encyclical acknowledges the “solid consensus” of the
scientific community – that without immediate and sustained
action, we are headed toward disaster.
At the heart of the current global social and ecological crises
is an economic system that tries to lock interconnected
societies into unsustainable patterns of production, overconsumption
and waste generation, all driven by the mandate
While we continue to witness people in poverty suffering
the most from environmental devastation and an
economic system that prioritizes powerful interests over
the common good, there are also signs of hope.
now thousands are gathering in Paris for the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change COP21. There is
great expectation that an agreement will come out of Paris
that will set us on the right track to keep the Earth’s temperature
below 1.5 to 2 degrees C.
But even with an agreement, there is much work to be
done. By sharing stories of how people are resisting policies
that keep people and the Earth impoverished and by
modeling sustainable lifestyle choices that reflect a
“culture of care” of our Earth and our neighbor, we can
begin to realize a vision of a new economy that prioritizes
the whole of God’s creation."
Click here to download the Advent Reflection Guide