Care of our Common Home - Ecology resources

This is a new weekly reflection series created by the Salesian Cosmology Group for our diocesan weekly e-newsletter, to help us all to take small positive steps in our care for our common home.

Ash Wednesday, February 14th 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

In the coming weeks we will focus on growing our awareness of the “Common Home” we all share.

The encyclical “Laudato Si” opens with the words “Praise be to you, my Lord”, words made memorable by St. Francis of Assisi. Our common home is one we share with all nature, every creature, every human being. It calls us to develop a mindset of connectedness and interdependence. There is no division or separation-when one suffers, all suffer; when one is in need all are in need; we live mindful of all of life.

A beautiful video reflection on Pope Francis 'Prayer for all the Earth' is available HERE. Please take a moment to pray with us as you watch. Thank you

Image is from Howleys Quay, Limerick city - looking our to the Shannon river.


21st February 2018 A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Our world is alive, complex, beautiful, finite, hurting and it is our home. We take pride in our homes, care for them, carry out repairs, keep them maintained and pass them on to the next generation. Can we broaden this vision to the earth, our common home. Can we take responsibility for its care by the way we live-our use of water; our recycling habits; our consumption of food? Can we take notice of the causes of war, changes in climate patterns, the plight of the displaced and refugees? Can I live more simply so that others can simply live?

Watch a reflective video by clicking here: She’s alive, beautiful, finite, hurting...”


28th February 2018-02-15 A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Ecological Footprint-your ecological footprint is how much land you use through everyday activity. The average size of Ireland’s footprint is 2.38 hectares per person (1 hectare =2.471 acres). The average ecological footprint for each person on the earth is 2.8 hectares. There are only 2 hectares of land on earth per person! And remember that at least 12% of land is need for other species.



7th March 2018: A Space for Ecology/Cosmology

Water: “fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic systems...some countries have areas rich in water while others endure drastic scarcity” (LS 28).

Why not review your use of water? Get perspective- 4 of 10 people worldwide lack sufficient water, which start  at 50 litres per person per day. How much water do you use compared to people around the world?

Please take a moment to watch this reflective video, to “Stop water pollution and Save our Mother Earth”


14th March 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

Plastic: Become more aware of your plastic use and create some lasting changes.

  • Give up disposable cups and drinks in plastic bottles
  • Request zero plastic wrapping when shopping
  • Bring your own reusable bags
  • Check labels of toiletries-some facial scrubs and toiletries contain tiny plastic beads. Avoid anything with “polyethylene” listed as an ingredient
  • Choose lotions, lip balms and bathroom requirements in plastic free containers


Watch this reflective video on the story of cosmetics here


21st March 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

Refugees: “Fear is losing your home, your livelihood, your future” (Trocaire 2018). The single biggest programme Trocaire operates today is supporting people displaced by conflict in Myanmer.


Some facts: Over half the refugees worldwide come from just 3 countries-Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan. More than half the refugees around the globe are under the age of 18. A total of 2.8 million refugees live in refugee camps.

Help put lives back together this Lent.


Please take a moment to watch this video by clicking on the link: “What does it mean to be a Refugee”?



28th March 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

Awareness of the beauty of the world. Observe it. Enjoy it. Live it.

Link: “The earth is our Common Home”

4th April 2018: A space for Ecology/Cosmology

“This day was made by the Lord. Let us rejoice and be glad”.

Link: “Gratitude”