By Sarah Vincent, Media Volunteer
The livesimply award is an opportunity for all Catholic communities, such as, schools and parishes to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.
The livesimply award is given to communities who have proved they have been living up to the livesimply standard. If you can show that you can live simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation, then this award could be presented to you and your community. There are a variety of ways in which you can live simply. Some livesimply award communities have been giving advice, in the ways you could live simply, for example, by cycling or walking to school or church, supporting Fairtrade stalls or donating to local food banks. There are unlimited ways, in which you and your community could promote this scheme.
In order to apply for a livesimply award, you will need the backing of your parish priest or head teacher and a small group of people who are willing to take on the challenge. Once you have sorted out who is going to take part, you will need a plan of action based on current activates and new projects you would like to undertake. If you think the process seems overwhelming,please do not be scared off, CAFOD will support you with everything you need to get started. Once you feel you have completed the challenge, CAFOD will come and visit your community and find out about the great activities you have been taking part in, as well as helping you celebrate and share your achievements.
Additionally, you can get inspiration from a parish who have completed the livesimply award http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=30290.
Start living simply today!