I don’t think that I have ever read anything as compelling in my life as Pope Francis’ s encyclical, Laudato Si. It aligns in so many ways with how I see my life unfolding and echoes the thoughts I have concerning our life on this planet, the environment, the peace that simplicity gives us, the way we share natural resources with our fellow travelers, and our role in the changes we all need to make to enable us to pass a better world onto our children.
The very word “encyclical” could make the eyes glaze over or intimidate most into never bothering to read it-thinking that it would be too dense, too full of clerical language so complex and foreign to us laypeople as to leave it to sombody else to decipher, summerize, and explain. Yet, true to how Francis appears, it is beautifully and simply written. From the opening paragraph, quoting from the beautiful Canticle of Saint Francis, “our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.” What follows, in simple, understandable prose, is an outline of where we are and the direction we need to follow.
I would like to explore Laudato Si in more depth and so encourage you to read it so that we can have a dialog. It seems to me that so often, in today’s world, political affiliations hamper us from having frank conversations about a subject that strikes me as, first and foremost, a moral issue. It is from this perspective that I would like have our discussions.
Our lives on this fragile earth are but a shadow, however I believe that it is our duty to be good stewards of the home that has been entrusted to us to care for.