No. 823 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 25 June 2015
1. POPE FRANCIS’ ENCYCLICAL “LAUDATO SI’” (2ND PART)
- “Laudato Si’, Mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.”
“In the words of this beautiful canticle (canticle of the creatures), St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. Praise be to you, my Lord. Through our sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
- “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.
We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.
The violence in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and all forms of life.
“This is why the earth herself burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail’ (Rom. 8: 22)”.
“We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (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.”
Nothing in this world is indifferent to us.
- John XXIII, Pacem in Terris. To all Catholics. even to all men and women of good will. He rejected war; offered a proposal for peace.
Here, Pope Francis’ “would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.”
- Blessed Paul VI, 1971, referred to ecological concern as “a tragic consequence of unchecked human activity…” Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation.
In the face of this “ecological catastrophe” Blessed Paul VI “stressed the urgent need for radical change in the conduct of humanity.” Developmental activities must be “accompanied by authentic and moral progress.”
- John Paul II observes that “human beings seem to see no other meaning in their natural environment than what serves for immediate use and consumption.” He called for “a global ecological conversion.” “The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious” because of our duty to care and guard creation and because human life is a gift from God.
Hence, there must be “profound changes in lifestyles, models of production and consumption and the established structures of power which today govern societies.”
“Authentic development”, he says, has a moral character…it must, “take into account the nature of each being and the mutual connection in an ordered system.”
Each being is created by God. It is good. All beings are interconnected. What happens to one affects the others. Continuous and heavy rains, June 23 evening to June 24, caused the flooding of Koronadal City and destroyed bridges and the roads! And ricefields in Banga, among others. Not enough trees in the mountains to hold the water.
- Pope Benedict XVI. He calls for “correcting models of growth which have proved incapable of ensuring respect for the environment.”
“The deterioration of nature is closely connected to the culture which shapes human existence.”
“The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves.”
United by the same concern.
- These papal statements are echoes of “the reflections of numerous scientists, philosophers, theologians and civic groups.” Other Christian groups share the same concern, for example, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
- St. Francis of Assisi shows the “inseparable bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society and interior peace.”
- He “sees nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness.”
13 & 14. Pope Francis’ appeal to entire human family for a dialogue to shape the future of our planet.
Next issue: Chapter I. “What is happening to our Common Home”
- DIRECTORY, CONGREGATION OF DOMINICAN SISTERS OF ST. CATHERINE OF
- Catalina Convent
Regional House, Ladrera St., Lagao, GSC
Tel. #: (083) 552-3231
- Ma. Bernadette B. Agregado, OP
- Regional Vicaress
- JenenAmpoyas, OP
- Mother Francisca Spirituality Center
Lagao, General Santos City
Tel. #: (083) 552-6948
- LuzminOani, OP
- Luisa Dandaoy, OP
- Jean Dayrit, OP
- ND Siena College of Gen. Santos City
Tel. #: (083) 304-1714
- Melpomene Titong, OP
- Michaela Bernardo, OP
- Mailyn Bolivar, OP
- Dolores Clarete, OP
- ND Siena College of Polomolok
Polomolok, South Cotabato
Tel. #: (083) 225-2097
- SelditaTiorosio, OP
- Leonida Mateo, OP
- ConstantinaCagande, OP
- Gina Galang, OP
- Lorna Fabiliar, OP
- ND Siena School of Marbel
Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Tel. #: (083) 228-2589
- Ma. Estelita Carbon, OP
- NelitaSumagaysay, OP
- Villa Gilbuela, OP
- Ma. Lourdes dela Cruz, OP
- ErlindaMuring, OP
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