Laudato Si 232: Community Organizing

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Government is not for everyone; some are called to community organizing. That is, by the way, a noble endeavor, not worthy of ridicule as we’ve seen in the recent past:

232. Not everyone is called to engage directly in political life. Society is also enriched by a countless array of organizations which work to promote the common good and to defend the environment, whether natural or urban. Some, for example, show concern for a public place (a building, a fountain, an abandoned monument, a landscape, a square), and strive to protect, restore, improve or beautify it as something belonging to everyone.

Why is community organizing important? There are interpersonal reasons:

Around these community actions, relationships develop or are recovered and a new social fabric emerges. Thus, a community can break out of the indifference induced by consumerism. These actions cultivate a shared identity, with a story which can be remembered and handed on. In this way, the world, and the quality of life of the poorest, are cared for, with a sense of solidarity which is at the same time aware that we live in a common home which God has entrusted to us. These community actions, when they express self-giving love, can also become intense spiritual experiences.

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