Laudato Si 226: Attentiveness

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Once one has achieved a measure of peace, one becomes more attentive to what surrounds. Life becomes an adventure in noticing, not in finding things, but in being found. Not in anxiety, but in calm.

226. We are speaking of an attitude of the heart, one which approaches life with serene attentiveness, which is capable of being fully present to someone without thinking of what comes next, which accepts each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the full. Jesus taught us this attitude when he invited us to contemplate the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, or when seeing the rich young man and knowing his restlessness, “he looked at him with love” (Mk 10:21). He was completely present to everyone and to everything, and in this way he showed us the way to overcome that unhealthy anxiety which makes us superficial, aggressive and compulsive consumers.

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