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Laudato Sí Film: The Letter: A Message for Our Earth

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Laudato Sí

Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ letter to all the peoples of Earth, was a prophetic cry born of the marriage of science and theology. Its message was clear: we must care for “our common home,” our “Sister, Mother Earth who sustains and governs us” because she is “burdened and laid waste.”

Now, seven years later, Pope Francis and his encyclical are featured in a film which puts flesh on the facts of climate change and allows its impact to wear a human face and to tell its story—person to person. Here we see and hear for ourselves the devastating and ubiquitous effects of climate change in the large-scale displacement of villages and peoples, the rapid extinction of species, the loss of rain forests and indigenous cultures, and the chronic anxiety and fear of our young people.

Join us for a viewing and discussion of this powerful, heartbreaking, and inspirational film. But be assured that our heartbreak at witnessing this suffering is where compassion, resolve, and hope take hold of us, and we become determined never again to look away from the suffering Earth and our brothers and sisters who suffer with her.

Presenter: Celeste Calabotta has a passionate love for and commitment to Contemplative Prayer and the contemplative life as lived in full participation in the world. A spiritual director and 12-year Lay Carmelite, Celeste taught Confirmation for 22 years, has been in retreat ministry at Our Lady of Calvary for 10 years, and began seriously studying contemplative prayer and facilitating groups of Lectio Divina for over 15 years. In addition to presenting numerous programs on contemplative prayer, she has coordinated Lectio Divina prayer groups through Our Lady of Calvary in Farmington, CT, the Spiritual Life Center, West Hartford, CT, and St. Thomas The Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT.

Please register for this program using the form below or call Cathy in our office at 9860) 677-8519 on Tuesdays or Thursdays.


May 10
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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