‘Praise be to You, Lord’ …words of St. Francis
“Laudate Si” provides a new platform for dialogue in the world and a new commissioning for the church.
I am convicted by Pope Francis’ treatment of relationships between poverty of heart and matter, technology, greed, individualism, consumerism, real common good and ethical horizons.
Our intimate connectedness with all creation in space and time brings a new perspective to our ethics and behaviour.
Moral reflection calls us all to ecological conversion.
Ecological theology crystalises moral accountability in the light of connections between injustice and exploitation.
It contrasts the sacrament of creation with sacrilege in the degradation and destruction of the environment, species and human dignity and integrity.
Pope Francis states: “This conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness.
First it entails gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works.”
He calls us to take seriously our responsibilities as custodians and kin in the sacred universe “stemming from our faith and capacities”, to examine and amend our lifestyle and become educators and activists in a world in need.
Elizabeth Johnson says:
“This perspective brings social justice and ecological care into a tight embrace.”…
“Love, as Jesus enfleshed and enacted it, is the meaning encoded at the heart of the universe itself.
The loving God’s original and ultimate intent is fullness of life – not just for a slice of the world – but for all, including poor human beings and all living creatures.”
Ongoing destruction of God’s good earth, bears the mark of deep sinfulness.”
Pope Francis. Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. An Encyclical Letter on Ecology and Climate. St. Pauls Publ., Vatican City, 2015. Aust. Edition. p.97
Quote by Elizabeth Johnson, author of “The Cosmos: An Astonishing Image of God”. Published in Origins, Vol.12/96, Sept.