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Free ↠ Laudato si' By Pope Francis – [EPUB] ✺ Laudato si' By Pope Francis – On Care for Our Common Home Laudato Si' is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to every person living on this planet for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet On Care for Our Common Home Laudato si' is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to every person living on this planet for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve looking to our common future with candor and humility.

9 thoughts on “Laudato si'

  1. Aparna Aparna says:

    You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate this well written moral argument for why society cannot be in a state of existence distinct from and above the natural environment

  2. Caterina Caterina says:

    Our goal isto become painfully aware to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about itThe American press secular and Catholic somewhat whitewashed Francis’ famous letter “encyclical” in church lingo now celebrating its fifth anniversary of publication Conceptually the letter surprised and impressed me It offers an integral holistic way of thinking about ecology and human suffering It hangs together as a spiritual and practical document paradoxically delivering both urgency and hope It does not dig into details And Francis explicitly addressed it to the whole world not just to CatholicsThe letter’s true subject is the inherent worth and dignity of all life of “our sister Mother Earth” as Saint Francis of Assisi once said and all her creatures a network that includes her people Inseparable all are being destroyed together by rapacious exploitation to feed a wasteful unsustainable consumer market where land and life giving water are nothing but resources to be appropriated and all living creatures including people are nothing but resources to be used or inconveniences to be eliminated Stacking injury on injury in this “throwaway culture” toxic waste and discarded products shipped back to impoverished lands to be clear not just poor but impoverished by what has been done to them turn the earth into an immense pile of filth” And of course the life sustaining air pumped full of greenhouse gases and toxins The prosecution of endless war and preparation for war are major culprits in this culture of extreme waste and environmental destruction Ineuitycompels us to consider an ethics of international relations A true “ecological debt” exists particularly between the global north and south The foreign debt of poor countries has become a way of controlling them yet this is not the case for environmental debt developing countries continue to fuel the development of richer countries at the cost of their own present and future”Francis’ whole earth ecology of the poor blew me away He considers even the “human ecology” of cities and settlements the importance of preserving beautifying and caring for urban communities — in contrast to the waste of ripping down old neighborhoods displacing their people and replacing them with fancy developments for the wealthy I can’t help but envision Francis fearlessly walking walking walking through those poorest neighborhoods He also writes respectfully of indigenous communities who take better care of their own land than anyone else ever will — yet are always in danger of being shoved off This central theme and respect shone through the recent Synod where one major focus was on how to protect the region from exploitation but here in the US the secular press was inexplicably hyperfocused on the possibility of married priests and pretty much ignored anything else A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness compassion and concern for our fellow human beings It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking unconcerned about the poor or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted This compromises the very meaning of our struggleFollowing in the tradition of his namesake Saint Francis of Assisi Francis takes the time to establish why we should care about life on earth and our fellow humans This may seem obvious but at a time when despair for our earth is so great that some people are advocating some sort of human self immolation to “save the planet” I appreciated that he started at the foundation from a religious and spiritual perspective While Francis addressing his letter to all people writes that he is perfectly aware that many consider religion irrelevant he counters that we cannot afford at a time like this to dismiss wisdom gleaned from any tradition and calls for what has become his trademark coming together “in dialog” in a stronger international way — just as the multinational corporations instruments of environmental destruction cross national borders to wield power globally Even though this is addressed to all people it is a spiritual and religious document offering the pope’s strong contemporary Catholic Christian viewpoint in the tradition of St Francis The modern day Francis uneuivocally lays to rest some wrongheaded historical notions that abused biblical texts to justify exploiting the earth He wants to offer Catholic Christians and others a better spiritual approach This is only the second papal encyclical I’ve read It's a genre unto itself I think covering a lot of ground in a few pages The reading experience was maybe 35 stars but I’m giving it five because it introduced me to new ways of thinking that I have not encountered anywhere elseUPDATE 6182020 — I just learned that a seuel is coming out Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home Five Years After Laudato Si’— So in a way I’m glad I just read this now five years late There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actionsWe must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world They benefit society often unbeknown to us for they call forth a goodness which albeit unseen inevitably tends to spread Further such actionscan enable us to live fully and to feel that life on earth is worthwhile Nevertheless self improvement on the part of individuals will not by itself remedy the extremely complex situation facing our world today Isolated individuals can lose their ability and freedom to escape the utilitarian mindset and end up prey to an unethical consumerism bereft of social or ecological awareness Social problems must be addressed by community networks and not simply by the sum of individual good deedsThe ecological conversion needed to bring about lasting change is a community conversion Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life a firm resolve to achieve sustainability the uickening of the struggle for justice and peace and the joyful celebration of life

  3. Chris Chris says:

    Public theology in this work of Pope Francis is overtly collaborative His footnotes are as likely to refer not only to Catholic tradition especially Francis and Bonaventure and to previous popes' writings but to the public statements of regional and national bishops' conferences I've heard it shrewdly suggested that Francis is giving himself political cover by letting his brother bishops make many of his controversial points for him but the effect is less the scholar or politician covering his bases than the leader determined to speak on behalf of his whole constituencyOfficial church documents throughout the Christian ecumene tend to make unexceptionable doctrinal claims in bland language Francis' writing in Laudato Si' mostly lacks the flair of Naomi Klein in This Changes Everything or Tink Tinker in American Indian Liberation writing on related themes Nevertheless his positions on the urgency of climate change and the priority of indigenous land rights arguably meet the stiff political tests those two would pose Indeed Klein has apparently met with Francis at the Vatican—a moment I would never have expected in her late 90s heyday or even nowThe toughest test for Francis to my eye comes from those strains of eco feminism that claim catholic Christianity is too patriarchal in practice andor metaphysics ever to develop a planetary consciousness or treat the earth with justice and care I have in mind here Catherine Keller who is perhaps not a perfect example but others could be multiplied But Francis too poses a challenge to that mode of theology in the comprehensiveness of his ecological program I would love to see a overt dialogue between those points of view if only so I can teach it and sooner rather than later

  4. Karin Gastreich Karin Gastreich says:

    Despite media claims to the contrary Laudato si’ is not really about global climate change Pope Francis does mention climate change along with many other maladies affecting our planet but his true message runs deeper than a single environmental challenge or the politics that plague itPope Francis's encyclical addresses the moral dimensions of human activity in the context of a living Earth He urges us to remember our compassion for each other and for the planet on which we depend He invites us to a dialogue across multiple boundaries political economic religious environmental social and technological among othersThroughout the encyclical the Pope demonstrates how our moral obligation to the preservation of life is firmly grounded in the faith and theological traditions of the Church For those familiar with Catholic tradition there is nothing new here Pope Francis simply brings together a rich body of teaching and invites us to reflect and act upon the conseuences of our fundamental responsibilities as stewards of CreationThere may be some points of argument that certain readers would take issue with but anyone who holds the basic tenets of Christianity and Catholicism dear cannot turn his or her back on the central message so elouently delivered in Laudato si’ I believe this may be the most important religious document of this century It deserves everyone’s attentionLaudato si’ can be read on line or downloaded for free from the Vatican web siteThe encyclical is very well written; the language accessible to the layperson It inspires us in a way that only the best sermons can by calling everyone to a higher standard for living as a community of compassion on this beautiful and uniue planet we come home

  5. Sarah Myers Sarah Myers says:

    Authentic human development has a moral character It presumes full respect for the human person but it must also be concerned for the world around us

  6. David Schwan David Schwan says:

    An interesting book Most of the attention on this book right now is about climate change and the Pope declaring it is real caused by humans and needs to be dealt with The discussion about climate change is only a small part of this book Treating the earth with dignity and treating the poor with dignity are really the main themes Selfish greed is bad while not calling out particular companies I can't help but think that both Monsanto with its stranglehold over seeds and Nestle with it's water business are two companies in the Pope's cross hairsEven architecture is talked about with one memorable passageIf architecture reflects the spirit of an age our megastructures and drab apartment blocks express the spirit of globalized technology where a constant flood of new products coexists with a tedious monotony

  7. Thom Willis Thom Willis says:

    Funny how stirred up so many people got over this encyclical The Pope is teaching an ecology in radical departure from standard western Liberal orthodoxy It is a theological ecology; it is a social ecology It is not anthropocentric it is not “Green” ideology The weird thing is that it is not anything truly new that is to say anything in departure from Catholic traditionI wonder how much of an effect it will have I doubt liberals who love paying lipservice to green ideology will step up to the challenge to actually live responsibly And I doubt conservatives who pay lipservice to religious authority and God's supremacy will step up eitherTime will tellI do agree with one reviewer who criticized the work as being literally mundane The Holy Father takes time to give practical advice on how to save energy and so forth addressing small issues previously unsuited to the Encyclical format and appropriately treated by the local Episcopal conferences he freuently citesI don't know what I think about the causes or extent of global climate change But neither the encyclical nor Papal authority hinge upon the claims it makes about the subject

  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    Lots to think and smile about

  9. Marc Marc says:

    On the eve of the climate summit of Paris it seemed interesting to me to read this church document Pope Francis clearly read the basics he outlines the latest scientific status of global warming and launches a whole series of warnings and guidelines man must see the Earth as a garden that has been granted to him and of which he should take care in respect for nature the other creatures and the next generations Based on the many citations he uses of his predecessors I can see that the Catholic Church has already taken a turn a while ago away from the formerly predominant vision of man as the appointed ruler over nature Francis adds a distinctive accent to this ecological turn he embeds it in a much wider context Respect for nature according to him is in the first place a social contract; he constantly stresses that the injustice against nature is just as bad as social injustice and that both are linked and intertwined The Argentine pope goes all the way he uotes many statements by local church groups mostly Latin American and retrieves elements such as the struggle of small farmers against multinationals which were put away by previous popes as accursed liberation theology Of course it is meritorious to stress that link between the social and the ecological but the propositions of Francis are pushed so far that they become tedious So this certainly is an interesting and important document but I'm not sure it's going to be one of the landmark encyclicals rating 25 stars

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