Laudato Si 147: Ecology of Daily Life

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Section III of the four chapter looks at the “Ecology of daily life.” [147-155] What does that mean?

147. Authentic development includes efforts to bring about an integral improvement in the quality of human life, and this entails considering the setting in which people live their lives. These settings influence the way we think, feel and act. In our rooms, our homes, our workplaces and neighborhoods, we use our environment as a way of expressing our identity. We make every effort to adapt to our environment, but when it is disorderly, chaotic or saturated with noise and ugliness, such overstimulation makes it difficult to find ourselves integrated and happy.

We are not our environment, but our surroundings are part of how we communicate to the world–this is inescapable.

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