Youth participating at the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother’s (SSM) one-day workshop on ‘Laudato Si’: Care for Creation’ were asked to hear the cries of the Earth and of the poor as requested by Pope Francis and view the crises affecting Earth, in three different dimensions: physical, moral and spiritual.
Students and parishioners from St Rose-Modern Secondary School, St Joseph’s Convent Grenville, Presentation Brothers’ College, St Mark the Evangelist RC Church and volunteers from Grenada Youth Emergency Action Committee (YEAC), Laudato Si’ Generation and The Global Catholic Climate Movement attended the April 16 workshop at St Martin’s Retreat Center, Grenada.
The session was facilitated by the Franciscan Institute, a ministry of the SSM Caribbean delegation. Activities included outdoor meditation, SSM Eco Walk, Bowl of Tears, forming Laudato Si’ Generation (LSG) groups and planting trees of hope for LSG.
Participant Eric Parker in a report said the workshop has had immense impact on how he views Grenada’s current lifestyle and in deepening his realisation of how various acts affect the present and future of many generations.
Parker’s report highlighted statistics such as 700,000 trees being cut down and 8 million metric tonnes of plastics dumped into our oceans over the period of year.
“…these have given me the further realisation that we have strayed far from God`s wish for us…. On our predicted path, there may be animals alive now that some of our children will never get to see. All because of our unconcerned approach to the care of our home.”
Meanwhile, YEAC member Joachim Wilson said he “fully endorse[s]” any initiative that encourages humans (caretakers of creation from the beginning) to refocus on the responsibility given to them to nurture all life on Earth.
He expressed hope that at least some of the “really great ideas” that were highlighted in the workshop will become reality as they continue to strive to better care for creation.