Care for God’s Creation

God of all creation, your goodness and glory shine forth through everything you have made. Through the light of faith, help us to see this world, our common home, not as a resource to dominate and exploit, but as a gift to be cherished by all generations. Prompted by your Spirit, we ask this in the name of Jesus, through whom all creation was made. Amen.

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is [an] appeal from Pope Francis addressed to ‘every person living on this planet’ for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility. 

The title is taken from the first line of the encyclical, ‘Laudato si’, mi Signore,’ or ‘Praise be to you, my Lord.’ In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. The encyclical is divided into six chapters which together provide a thorough analysis of human life and its three intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor, and with the earth.”


Read the full text of Laudato Si’ online here

Caring for God’s Creation at St. Theresa…

This month’s focus on ways to be a good steward of God’s creation…

Did you know that St Theresa has a Laudato Si’ Garden? Located on the west side of the Dolan Center, the garden is offered as a place for prayer and wonder at God’s goodness, in union with all of Creation. Planted with flowers and grasses native to our area, one of our goals is to share God’s bounty by providing food and habitat for local flora and fauna, which rely on native plants for sustenance.

Come visit when you have time! Then, if you’d like to know more, sign up for our Flocknote newsletter which we send approximately monthly. We’ll let you know what’s growing in the garden, what volunteer opportunities are upcoming, and anything new we think you’ll find interesting in the world of Laudato Si’ Gardens. Click here to join:

What did we plant? Download the list and some of the details of the plants in the garden by clicking here.

Interested in knowing more about how Laudato Si’ Gardens can help us grow in our Catholic faith? Considering adding native plants to your yard? Visit the St. Kateri Conservation Organization’s website at: