Written on: December 29, 2021
As we begin our journey to integrated ecology, we are beginning with a thoughtful and thorough reading of the Encyclical by Pope Francis. We will be encouraging and supporting your reading throughout the coming years.
Each quarter, we will read a section and reflect on the suggested questions (or any that come to you.) To increase the value of this process, we highly recommend sharing what you are doing with others so that you may form a “discussion group” for support and encouragement.
“Patriarch Bartholomew has drawn attention to the ethical and spiritual roots of environmental problems which require that we look for solutions not only in technology, but in a change of humanity; otherwise we would be dealing merely with symptoms.
He asks us to replace
consumption with sacrifice,
greed with generosity,
wastefulness with a spirit of sharing,
an asceticism which “entails learning to give,
and not simply to give up.
It is a way of loving, of moving gradually away
from what I want, to what God’s world needs.
It is liberation from fear, greed and compulsion.” (Intro to Laudato Si’)
Read, reflect and pray with the Introduction to Laudao Si’ and discuss with others using the questions below, or simply share whatever touched you in the reading