During the writing of this month’s CathFamily, Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical Laudato Si was released. The Pope issues us with a challenge: to answer the call to be more attuned to the natural world. For many of us, this means challenging the consumer lifestyle which leads to more clutter and more stress.

Our featured author, Suzanne North, explores how cluttered schedules and lifestyles affect our children and the Simplicity Parenting Movement. Having ‘down time’ and contact with the natural world is important for our mental, spiritual and physical health but we have to make a conscious effort (initially) to make it a part of our family life.

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