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Laudato Si 229: Mutual Need and Shared Responsibility

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 229. We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 228: Civic and Political Love

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Here we begin a five-section examination on the theme of “Civic and Political Love.” Let’s read: 228. Care for nature is part of a lifestyle which includes the capacity … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 227: Gratitude at Meals

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 227. One expression of this attitude is when we stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 226: Attentiveness

The 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 … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 225: Achieving Serenity and Harmony

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Sobreity is not a switch to turn from off to on. Recovering addicts would tell us the achievement of inner peace is a long pilgrimage. 225. On the … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 224: Roots Sober and Humble

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 224. Sobriety and humility were not favorably regarded in the last century. I would offer a caution about over-reaching on this analysis. I thought there was quite a … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 223: The Liberation of Sobriety

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 223. Such sobriety, when lived freely and consciously, is liberating. It is not a lesser life or one lived with less intensity. On the contrary, it is a … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 222: Joy and Peace

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Numbered sections 222 through 227 examine two vital qualities. 222. Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 221: Faith Deepens Ecological Conversion

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Concluding “ecological conversion,” let’s read a summary of the earlier part of this document, and tie together some important ideas: 221. Various convictions of our faith, developed at … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 220: Gratitude, Connection, Responsibility

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. How can people bind together in community? What does conversion look like on that scale? Gratitude plays a big role. 220. This conversion calls for a number of … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 219: Self-Improvement Alone Does Not Suffice

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 219. Nevertheless, self-improvement on the part of individuals will not by itself remedy the extremely complex situation facing our world today. Isolated individuals can lose their ability and … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 218: Examining Our Consciences

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Conversion is change. But in the Christian context, it means an examination of conscience, and an admission of sin and guilt. 218. In calling to mind the figure … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 217: “Internal Deserts”

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. The Holy Father is known for his turn of phrase, but here he cites his predecessor’s first homily as pope: 217. “The external deserts in the world are … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 216: Ecological Conversion

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. In sections 216 through 221, Pope Francis treats the topic of “Ecological Conversion.” What does he mean by this? 216. The rich heritage of Christian spirituality, the fruit … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 215: Seeking Beauty

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 215. In this regard, “the relationship between a good aesthetic education and the maintenance of a healthy environment cannot be overlooked”.[John Paul II, Message for the 1990 World … Continue reading

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