Laudato Si Meadows

In the lead up to Laudato Si Week, the parish of Holy Cross has been seeding small areas of wildflower meadow.  It is a gesture towards addressing the biodiversity and climate change crises lamented in Laudato Si. In a tiny but symbolic way, this reverses some of the loss of 97-99% of our UK meadows since the 1930s.   

To sow the meadow, donated wildflower seeds were split between over two hundred small packets and given out to parishioners.  Paying attention to covid hygiene and distancing, attendees after all Masses, were invited to sow the wildflower seeds and say a prayer, similar to lighting a candle in church.  The Prayer for Our Earth found in Laudato Si was suggested.

“Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another. Each area is responsible for the care of this family.”

– Laudato Si 42

Meadow allows many diverse plants to grow and provides improved habitat for the small wildlife of the parish, including bees, butterflies, moths, frogs and birds.  We are also lucky enough to have a family of badgers, a fox and at least one very crazy squirrel to enjoy the habitat.

Gardeners involved in ground preparation were careful not to trip over brave little robins, who seemed to enjoy supervising the turf removal and swooping in to catch wireworms.  Hopefully all the wildlife will be pleased by our digging efforts and will benefit from the meadow, once grown.  

Looking after the meadow areas should be no more work than the previous grass and, all part of ‘caring for our common home’, where we respect and care for nature, as well as ourselves.

“Living our vocation to be protectors of  God’s handiwork is essential to a life of  virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of  our Christian experience.”

– Laudato Si 217

How can we love and care for our pets at home and not care for the beautiful, free-ranging ‘Brother Badger’, as St Francis might have called him, his super-cute family, and his friends, Brother Fox and wacky Sister Squirrel?  They have so many lessons to teach us.

Fr. Gerry Hand and the Laudato Si group at Holy Cross parish arranged a Laudato Si service during Lent and plan another service during Laudato Si Week.  The group is also researching other actions related to Laudato Si and eco Congregations Scotland.