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“Let us sing as we go”: Looking forward with hope

In this sixth post of the Laudato Si’ blog series, we share songs of lament, hope and love for the earth as we look to the future of our common home.

“We come together to take charge of this home which has been entrusted to us, knowing that all the good which exists here will be taken up into the heavenly feast… Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.”

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #244

Throughout Laudato Si’ Week, we’ve heard and shared stories of some of the challenges of caring for creation. Throughout the world and throughout our region, people are working to defend and restore their homes, livelihoods, families and futures from the impacts of neglect and degradation of our environment.

We’ve seen how people rise to these challenges, working with the earth and with each other to care for our common home. By coming together to learn a more sustainable way of living, listening to the people of the land and promoting a nurturing relationship with our natural environment, we can protect our home and the bountiful gifts of Creation for future generations. We must not be discouraged by the challenges that still lie ahead, but instead stand in solidarity in our hope for a better future.

Today we share some songs from our partners and friends in our region. They illustrate our deep spiritual connection with our lands and waters and urge us to listen – and to join – as we come together to answer the call of Laudato Si’. Let us always remember to “sing as we go.”

 

The waiata Tiakina o te Wairua o Te Rarawa was written by Sherry Pomare for Au Warawara, the ancestral forest of the Te Rarawa people of Hokianga. The waiata expresses lament for past destruction and hope for the forest’s restoration. It is sung here by rangatahi, students from Te Kura Taumata o Panguru.

Archbishop of Suva Peter Loy Chong wrote the lyrics of Climate Change Lament after visiting a coal mine in Germany. It calls on Island peoples to cry out to the world, especially to the bigger countries causing the most carbon emissions.

He Waiata mo Laudato Si’ was written by Helen Fisher of Otari parish in Wellington and recorded by Caritas and members of the parish as a special contribution to Laudato Si’ Week. It expresses the core message of Laudato Si’:

Whakarongo, whakarongo ki "te tangi a Papatuanuku me te tangi a te rawakore."
Whakarongo,whakarongo, whakarongo.

Listen, listen to "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."
Listen, listen, listen.

We invite you to join us on Sunday, May 24 at noon in your local time as we pray this Common Prayer for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ in global solidarity:

Loving God,
Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them,
You created us in your own image and made us stewards of all your creation.
You blessed us with the sun, water and bountiful land so that all might be nourished.

Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we may attend to your gift of creation.
Help us to be conscious that our common home belongs not only to us, but to all of your creatures and to all future generations, and that it is our responsibility to preserve it.
May we help each person secure the food and resources that they need.

Be present to those in need in these trying times, especially the poorest and those most at risk of being left behind.
Transform our fear and feelings of isolation into hope and fraternity so that we may experience a true conversion of the heart.

Help us to show creative solidarity in addressing the consequences of this global pandemic,
Make us courageous to embrace the changes that are needed in search of the common good,
Now more than ever may we feel that we are all interconnected and interdependent,
Enable us to listen and respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
May the present sufferings be birth pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world.

Under the loving gaze of Mary, Help of Christians, we make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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