In 2015 in his encyclical Laudato Si one of the questions Pope Francis asked was “what kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
Livesimply is an opportunity for Catholic communities to respond to the invitation in Laudato Si, to work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us, and is awarded to communities who can show they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty, and sustainably with creation.
In our parish a number of initiatives which reflected this ethos have been established for some time, and have continued to grow and develop, of which Samara’s aid and the Homeless breakfasts are but two examples.
God is good and countless people from the parish are very generous in sharing what they have with others, be it their time, their money, their goods, or their talents!
What is the livesimply award?
It is awarded to communities who can show how they have been living:
• in solidarity with people in poverty
• sustainably with creation.
Some livesimply award communities have encouraged people to walk or cycle to church or school, install solar panels, start recycling schemes, join a climate change campaign, support Fairtrade stalls or donate to a local food bank. The award celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. It helps your community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully.