Category Archives: Laudato Si

Laudato Si 246: Two Prayers

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Perhaps it is somewhat fitting the final post here aligns with the first Sunday of Lent. Make of that what you will. The Holy Father offered two prayers … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 243-245: Beyond The Sun

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. These are short sections, and this is a brief subheading in the final chapter. Let’s look at IX. Beyond the Sun. First, a cosmic and far-reaching vision of … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 242: Saint Joseph

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Joseph of Nazareth is also a noble model and partner for those who aspire to care more deeply for the created universe: 242. At her side in the … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 241: Queen of all Creation

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Mary is not only queen in heaven, but in the universe: 241. Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 240: Relationships in Creation

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Human growth and maturity makes possible the adoption of relationships that manifest something of God’s relationships. One of these adoptions is consideration for the environment. 240. The divine … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 239: Reading the Trinity in Creation

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 239. For Christians, believing in one God who is trinitarian communion suggests that the Trinity has left its mark on all creation. Saint Bonaventure went so far as … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 238: Trinity

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. When Pope Francis discusses the Trinity, don’t think deep and inscrutable theology, but think “relationship.” Sections 238-240 come under the heading of “The Trinity and the Relationship between Creatures.” … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 237: Sunday

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. And so we come to the notion of rest, or more accurately, Sabbath: 237. On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 236: The Eucharist

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 236. It is in the Eucharist that all that has been created finds its greatest exaltation. Grace, which tends to manifest itself tangibly, found unsurpassable expression when God … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 235: Sacraments, “A Privileged Way”

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope  Francis makes the case for sacraments utilizing the substances of nature. 235. The Sacraments are a privileged way in which nature is taken up by God to … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 234: Finding Goodness in the World

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Another saint guides us to a wide encounter of God outside of the “S” sacraments. Note here we are talking about the goodness of life experiences, not the … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 233: Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Sections 233-237 treat the topic of “Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest.” As you might guess, I feel an affinity for these passages, and gladness that Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 232: Community Organizing

The 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 … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 231: A “Culture of Care”

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope Francis calls upon prominent church leaders to reinforce the notion of a far-reaching love. First, Pope Benedict XVI is cited again to urge a more far-reaching love, one … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 230: Advice from the Little Flower

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Advice from the young doctor: 230. Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a … Continue reading

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