Care for the Environment is a New Work of Mercy
As this “Year of Mercy” ends, our Holy Father has called for a new Work of Mercy, “Care for the Environment”. This is the first to be considered BOTH a spiritual and corporal Work of Mercy.
Pope Francis tells us that “grateful contemplation of God’s creation” is a spiritual act of mercy. As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence and exploitation and selfishness and makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world”.
Grateful contemplation of God’s creation is a spiritual act of mercy.
Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si” (May, 2015) is a good place to begin understanding how care for our environment is essential for care of our souls. In this letter our Holy Father explains how God is present in all His creation, and how mistreatment of the environment contributes to poverty, disease and political conflict. Most important, he guides us toward making a difference.
Members of a recent study group at Our Lady of the Mountain were so moved by the Encyclical that they wished to share it with the rest of the parish. Since not many of us have time or energy at the end of the day to read even a small book like Laudato SI, the study group will be including “Care for the Environment” inserts in the weekly bulletin over the next seven weeks. These inserts will be brief summaries and commentary by respected Catholic leaders on Pope Francis’ important ideas. Their suggestions for thought, conversation and action are practical and inspiring. The content of these inserts can also be found below. Copies of the Encyclical will be available to borrow or for sale in the breezeway.
The Study Group members would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. You can reach us through Ellen Grush at 541-482-0782 or firstname.lastname@example.org