Three years ago Pope Francis wrote to everyone in the world his letterLaudato Si’ on Care of our Common Home. He invited us all to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.” He said this was an important, indeed essential, part of our Christian faith. As part of our response to his call and recognising the effects of climate and environmental change, our parish has applied for a CAFOD LiveSimply Award. 

When the award was first launched in 2011 Bishop Declan Lang, then environment spokesman for the England & Wales Bishops, said: “LiveSimply is a way to free us from powerlessness and enable us to live in hope. We cannot do everything but we can do something. Together we can make a difference to the quality of life for millions of people who are marginalised by poverty. At the same time we can grow in respect for the world of which we are a part and which has been entrusted to us”

Based on the papal letters Laudato Si’ and Populorum Progressio CAFOD has promoted LiveSimply which encourages us to:

     live simply, taking only what we need from the earth and not demanding more and more

     live sustainably with creation, to take account of the impact of our choices on other people and on the earth that nourishes us

     live in solidarity with people in poverty, making a strong and lasting commitment to the common good.

The LiveSimply Award will recognise that we put all three principles into practice. 
We already have a certificate for entering the award after an assessment of all that we currently do.

The LiveSimply award recognises both parish and individual commitment. In response to Pope Francis’ urgent call, this year as individuals we might like to think how we ourselves could live more simply and sustainably. What change could you make in the coming months? As far back as 2002 our English bishops said:

Individual actions may seem insignificant but together the small steps of many people can have an astonishing impact. Each person’s joyful choices can be a visible example to others and give them courage to follow.
(“The Call of Creation” 2002).

It remains true today