Laudato Si 83: A Universal Maturity

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope Francis draws upon Teilhard de Chardin as well as three of his recent predecessors:

83. The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been attained by the risen Christ, the measure of the maturity of all things.* Here we can add yet another argument for rejecting every tyrannical and irresponsible domination of human beings over other creatures. The ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. Rather, all creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the risen Christ embraces and illumines all things. Human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their Creator.

*Against this horizon we can set the contribution of Fr Teilhard de Chardin; cf. PAUL VI, Address in a Chemical and Pharmaceutical Plant (24 February 1966): Insegnamenti 4 (1966), 992-993; JOHN PAUL II, Letter to the Reverend George Coyne (1 June 1988): Insegnamenti 11/2 (1988), 1715; BENEDICT XVI, Homily for the Celebration of Vespers in Aosta (24 July 2009): Insegnamenti 5/2 (2009), 60

What do you make of this cosmic and collective return to God? Would our millennialist sisters and brothers accept the notion of something different than a final battle and ultimate sifting of one tribe apart from all the others? Does the Risen Christ have a place within the existence of living things beyond the human being who perceive him as a person who will reckon with us?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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