Friday, June 19, 2015

The Pope's Encyclical: Will the world heed its warning?

The most important and urgent message of our time, coming from a truly caring, compassionate and highly intelligent Pope, but will the world's leaders and people heed his instruction/warning?  With hope in our hearts, we must wait and see...  (We might also want to rewatch the beautiful movie about St. Francis of Assisi's life, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon.")



The encyclical repeatedly invokes phrases like "brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth." Praise for "our Sister, Mother Earth" comes from the Canticle "Laudato Si' " by St. Francis of Assisi, for which the encyclical is named.

"As believers, we do not look at the world from without but from within, conscious of the bonds with which the Father has linked us to all beings."
--Pope Francis

"This we know. The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family, All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of earth. We did not weave the web of life, We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves..."
~Chief Seattle, Native American