Summer is upon us and parents everywhere are getting ready. Families are scheduling their getaways, camps for kids, Vacation Bible Schools. Soon they will be pulling out last year’s swim suits, checking to see if their outdoor grills still work and planning their gardens.
Now is the perfect time for parish catechetical leaders to introduce families to Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home; University of Georgia Action Plan for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
This guide explains how families can put Pope Francis’ vision of caring for the earth into practice. The easy to read Action Plan discusses the beauty of God’s gift of creation and the important role we play as stewards. It has loads of environmental information, prayers and practical ideas for families to share faith and nurture the earth at the same time.
Parents can plan easy and fun activities such as biking instead of driving, or visits to state parks, botanical gardens, zoos and aquariums. These are things families would probably do during the summer anyway, but now they can do them with an added appreciation for the sacredness of nature, as well as for the sacredness of the time they spend together.
So while they are cleaning out closets, planting flowers, spending time outdoors relaxing or just conserving energy and water (which also saves money) let parents and children know God is in their midst and what they are doing is holy!
For free copies in both English and Spanish of Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home; University of Georgia Action Plan for the Archdiocese of Atlanta go to http://archatl.com/catholic-life/refreshatl/
Patrice Spirou serves as assistant director of religious education in the office of formation and discipleship in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.