Laudato Si 148: Finding a Fruitful Ecology Amid Disrepair

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. It is not only the wealthy and powerful who are able to sustain a certain graciousness in life:

148. An admirable creativity and generosity is shown by persons and groups who respond to environmental limitations by alleviating the adverse effects of their surroundings and learning to orient their lives amid disorder and uncertainty. For example, in some places, where the façades of buildings are derelict, people show great care for the interior of their homes, or find contentment in the kindness and friendliness of others. A wholesome social life can light up a seemingly undesirable environment. At times a commendable human ecology is practiced by the poor despite numerous hardships. The feeling of asphyxiation brought on by densely populated residential areas is countered if close and warm relationships develop, if communities are created, if the limitations of the environment are compensated for in the interior of each person who feels held within a network of solidarity and belonging. In this way, any place can turn from being a hell on earth into the setting for a dignified life.

And yet, hellish places are a significant handicap for the people who live there. Creators of hell are not off the hook for their crimes and sins.

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