Simple actions of everyday life – Laudato Si’


A contribution by Tamzin Simmons-Robertson for the FCJ Young Adult Network

In what simple practical ways are you living with a greater awareness of the environment and our connection to it?

‘I am doing more cooking in bulk; making stews where I am flexible about the ingredients; using tinned goods and leftovers and recycling containers and packaging afterwards as far as possible. I also donate to my local foodbank.’

LS#22 “Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little. It is a return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack.”

‘I’m a Work Coach in a job centre – I think/hope a lot will change around the idea of work after coronavirus. I often think of what the Pope has to say about unemployment when I’m doing my job, and Catholic Social Teaching certainly inspires me to think again and remember the dignity of the person in front of me if I’m ever tempted to become too bureaucratic.’

LS #128. “We were created with a vocation to work… Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment. Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs. The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work.

To stop investing in people, in order to gain greater short-term financial gain, is bad business for society.”

Tamzin Simmons-Robertson

LS – Laudato Si’

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