Monday, November 7, 2016

Parish Bulletin Article: Pope Francis for Environment: 11-6-16

Pope Francis
Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home
Encyclical Letter

            Pope Francis is in love of nature.  When he was elected to our new pope, his original name—Jorge Bergoglio—changed to Francis.  As he followed St. Francis of Assisi, this man served in Argentina to the poor and environment.  On May 24th, 2015, he gave an encyclical letter to our whole world called “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home”. 
            I just finished this letter and it is powerful.  Like God’s word in the Bible, Pope Francis remind us that our world was created by God, our Creator.  Our earth is not just a gift to use individually, but to learn, collaborate and think how our home must be done well for our next generation.
            Our Pope offers several challenges to our world: decimation of ecosystems, broken biodiversity, systems that do production but does not serve the poor, dirty pollution, unclean water, those countries against unity for our planet and more.
            Take some time to praise God outside and use His creation to stop and smell the flowers or, you hunters, soak in the awesome time outside as you pray for a buck.  (And pray at Mass too). 
            Pope Francis’ letter ended with two prayers and here is a wonderful snippet through one of them:
            All-powerful God…Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.  O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.”
            To me, this was a cool letter for our home on earth and it could assist to grow closer to God and His creation.  Read this letter via a copy or on the internet.           
God Bless!

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