Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

The following excerpts are from Laudato Si', or Praised Be, Pope Francis' encyclical letter on ecology.

The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.

The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.

Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.

Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth. The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world.

Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.

Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded

The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.

There is nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions

Along with the importance of little everyday gestures, social love moves us to devise larger strategies to halt environmental degradation and to encourage a “culture of care” which permeates all of society.

For more detailed information and for specific references to the encyclical, please go to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Justice and Peace blog http://www.snddenjpic.org.

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