Reader Resources: April 2024

Photo of water droplets on a rose, by Brian Keith
Photo by Brian Keith

To complement Pope Francis’ Laudato Si—which is available at the diocesan library and at —here are some additional resources to increase your understanding of what he means when he talks about “Care of our Common Home.”

Farming and Homesteading with the Saints, by Andie Andrews Eisenberg. Hobby farmer Andie Andrews Eisenberg presents a faith-filled treasury of Catholic holy men and women connected to the earth. In these pages, you’ll meet the patron saints of creatures, critters, flying things, horses, sheep, cats, dogs, beekeepers, gardeners, field hands, shepherds and many more. You will also have at your fingertips a wellspring of blessings to pray for the safety of your home and the creatures under your care.

Threshold Bible Study: Stewardship of the Earth, by Stephen Binz. Stephen Binz takes one of the key issues of our day and examines it from a biblical point of view. He invites readers to experience God’s creation as a great gift and a sacred trust—one that God has lovingly shared with humanity. He chooses biblical texts that help readers understand their privilege and responsibility in caring for the earth and humbly recognizing their place within it.

Live Simply: Earth Friendly, by Franciscan Media. Inspired by the values of Saint Francis of Assisi, Live Simply: Earth Friendly offers facts, encouragement and practical tips for anyone seeking simplicity in a culture defined by excess. Each day, we can take small but important steps toward a lifestyle that prioritizes and reflects our moral values.

To borrow these or other resources, the diocesan library and Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry are open for in-person visits and consultations 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may also visit Once you make your selections, you can email the request to

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Margie Hynes is the Consultant for Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry for the Diocoese of Youngstown.
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