"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” is the question put forth boldly in the Pope's words yesterday.
The Pope's encyclical letter, Laudato Si': On the Care for Our Common Home, was released with concern for nature, water, environmental education, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.
“The Encyclical takes its name from the invocation of Saint Francis, “Praise be to you, my Lord”, in his Canticle of the Creatures. It reminds us that the earth, our common home “is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us” (1). We have forgotten that “we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.” (2).
"Several main themes run through the text that are addressed from a variety of different perspectives, :
*the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet,
*the conviction that everything in the world is connected,
*the critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology,
*the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress,
*the value proper to each creature,
*the human meaning of ecology,
*the need for forthright and honest debate,
*the serious responsibility of international and local policies,
*the throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle ."
Garden Green Angels was inspired to see the mention of environmental education as a key component of this conviction.
We thought we would close up shop for the summer months here, but maybe we still have nature and garden calling!
Welcome to summer!