The Live Simply award is an opportunity for our school community to respond to the Church’s call to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the world’s poorest. It is an invitation to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who lived and preached a simple life, and to take meaningful action on the ecological crisis we face today. The ecological crisis is a complex crisis that includes both the social crisis (global poverty, injustice, social inequality) and the environmental crisis (climate change, species loss, pollution of land, sea and air).
This school year 2023-2024, we at St John Fisher have applied for the CAFOD Live Simply Award. This year we will strive to show solidarity with the poor by fundraising. We will make strides to live sustainably and will work overtime, to achieve Eco Schools status increasing our use of recyclable materials. We will also aim to live simply with nurturing and improving our outdoor grounds and creating a special prayer garden.
The phrase ‘Laudato Si’ means “praise be to you” and the title is taken from a canticle (or hymn) written by St Francis of Assisi.
Encyclicals offer Catholics guidance from the Pope concerning issues which affect the lives and beliefs of Catholics.
In this particular letter, the Pope is not just writing to Catholics, but to everyone who lives on Earth because it is our common home.