On 24 May 2015, Pope Francis published the Encyclical Letter LAUDATO SI’.
The 2017 General Chapter of the Society of Mary underlined its importance by stating:
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ demands a conversion of life. An ecologically sustainable style of living is an intrinsic part of living the gospel today. Care for the planet and care for the poor are intrinsically linked. When the planet is degraded, it is the poor who suffer most.
Marists cannot live authentically the Spirit of the Society (Const. 228) without looking to the implications of our way of life for the care of the planet. This is part of living the vow of poverty today. The encyclical gives us a new perspective for reading the Constitutions.
Sustainability Convenant: practical steps towards the creation of a life sustaining policy in Marist communities
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