Brothers and sisters, fraternal greetings of Peace and Good! Encouraged by the canticle of the creatures of St. Francis of Assisi and the encyclical Laudato Si’, we want to share our story of the commitment that we have assumed as a fraternity of San Antonio de Padua in Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico.
First stage: Care of the Common Home
Our fraternity and the Aparicio School Center began reforestation of the parish garden with white pine and fruit trees: plum, peach, pear, red and green apple, and lemon. In this way, the awareness of the care of our common home began.
Second stage: Ecological Conversion
The fraternity and the Aparicio School Center started the hanging gardens. It is a way of respecting, loving, and feeling part of creation. “We thank you, God, the Father, for giving us the senses and a heart to stop to see and listen to the beauties of your creation and to appreciate them with our eyes.”
Third stage: Laudato Si’ Revolution
For our fraternity and the youth, the process of the parish garden has been significant, where we experience the presence of God the Creator through our sister, our Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us and produces various fruits with colorful flowers and herbs.
Br. Rosendo Aguas Gallegos OFM
Fraternidad San Antonio de Padua