Laudato Si 125: Pondering Creation and Work

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Why do we work? What is its purpose?

125. If we reflect on the proper relationship between human beings and the world around us, we see the need for a correct understanding of work; if we talk about the relationship between human beings and things, the question arises as to the meaning and purpose of all human activity. This has to do not only with manual or agricultural labor but with any activity involving a modification of existing reality, from producing a social report to the design of a technological development. Underlying every form of work is a concept of the relationship which we can and must have with what is other than ourselves. Together with the awe-filled contemplation of creation which we find in Saint Francis of Assisi, the Christian spiritual tradition has also developed a rich and balanced understanding of the meaning of work, as, for example, in the life of Blessed Charles de Foucauld and his followers.

A brief biography of Charles is here.

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