Live Simply – January 2018 newsletter

Living Simply

Can you live more simply? Is there clutter at home you could get rid of; do you actually wear everything that is in your wardrobe; do you know what is in your loft; could you shop more carefully? Simple Living Manifesto: 72 ideas to Simplify Your Life provides an interesting checklist that might help you make a tweak or two helping you to live more simply – and, possibly, more healthily.

Live sustainably

Issues that parishioners have been concerned about for some time are now centre stage with Government including the harm done to the environment and animals by plastic packaging and the killer effect on marine life of microbeads in cosmetics. Greenpeace, among other campaigning charities, is fighting on a number of fronts from challenging plastic pollution, including lobbying Coca-Cola to reduce its plastic footprint, to creating an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, to trying to stop oil drilling in the Arctic. Why not check out to find a campaign that you can get behind in 2018 and become knowledgeable about.

In Solidarity

Sainsbury’s continues to be the focus of protestors concerned about the supermarket chain’s decision to introduce its own “fairly traded” tea at the expense of the internationally-recognised and audited Fairtrade alternative. Fairtrade Fortnight26th February 2018-11th March 2018 is an opportunity demonstrate support for Fairtrade by buying products where such exist and to urge your favoured supermarket to widen the range of Fairtrade products they sell.

Find out about Fairtrade | CAFOD

To find out more visit www.fairtrade,

Where Sainsbury’s go, other chains may follow thus undermining an initiative which has addressed unfair global trade for millions of farmers and workers in poorer parts of the world.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

1. Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.

2. Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

3. God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.

January 2018

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Book for our Living Faith talks

A series of four talks begins shortly at Sacred Heart Church, Bilton as we continue our Living Faith programme.

Pope Francis.

Last year, faced with global environmental deterioration, Pope Francis addressed a letter to every person on the planet, entitled Laudato Si’. These opening words of the “Canticle of Brother Sun” by St Francis remind us that we have a close family bond with the earth, our common home. The question at the heart of the letter is “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to our children who are now growing up?”

From the outset Pope Francis insists on the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet. We should listen, he says, to the cries of both. He reviews the most recent scientific findings on the environment dealing with pollution, waste and climate change. Though less responsible for these outcomes, it’s the poor who suffer the most and the effects will only worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption.

The Pope therefore proposes an alternative lifestyle which respects both the environment and the poor. We might summarise it as: “Live simply so that others may simply live”. The challenge is to our whole way of living with its throw-away culture.

One of this year’s talks reflects in particular on Climate Change, which was the focus for the UN meeting in Paris last December. Climate, says Francis, is a common good that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces.

What Francis calls “The Gospel of Creation” leads to the conclusion that the ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. “Rather all creatures are moving forward, with us & through us, towards a common point of arrival, which is God”. Christ’s presence in the Eucharist can lead us to reflection on his mystical body and beyond to his presence in the whole cosmos. “Indeed the Eucharist is itself an act of cosmic love.”

“We must regain the conviction that we need one another; that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world; and that being good and decent are worth it.”

The talks this Autumn, 2016 (all Thursday evenings):

Oct 6th Simple Living – The Pope’s Lifestyle Challenge. Speaker: Martin Poulsom SDB
Oct 13th Climate Change – What is the Global Common GoodSpeaker: Ellen Teague
Oct 20th The Cry of the Poor – Who suffers the most? Speaker: David McLoughlin
Oct 27th The Cosmic Christ – All Creation brought together by Love. Speaker: Mary Grey

To find out more about the speakers, and to book your place, go to our Living Faith page.