On August 6 & 9, 2020 the world will commemorate the sorrowful events of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski, Japan. Promoting peace and nuclear disarmament is an important concern for Laudato Si’ Ministries as “War represents a serious threat to the environment. The pursuit of peace – lasting peace based on justice – ought to be an environmental priority because the earth itself bears the wounds and scars of war.” Working towards peace hears “both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor.” (LS 49) As Catholics we will use these days for praying, fasting, reflecting, and advocating for peace. Here are resources for your use:
- Pray for peace and for the victims of the bombings. Use and share these prayer cards from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: English and Spanish
- Pray a rosary for peace and nuclear disarmament at 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 6th and 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 9th.
- Pray for the repose of the souls of all of the victims:
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
- We encourage everyone who is able to fast on August 7-August 9, 2020. Here are some tips for fasting.
- Follow the Laudato Si’ Ministries facebook page for posts and reflections: @LaudaotSiJoliet
- Visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website for more educational resources on Church Teachings and Nuclear Weapons.
Contact your Members of Congress and encourage them to support the New START Treaty. For more information and an action alert from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops visit our blog here.