LAUDATO SI: the pope’s new encyclical on climate change
The Pope’s encyclical letter about climate change is big news.
No doubt our modern materialistic lifestyles must have some effect on climate.
How big an effect? Who knows?
The Pope says that curbing our greed should improve the health of our physical world.
And that we must restrain our greed for spiritual reasons — because that’s what God wants.
Ultimately the spiritual issue is the basic one.
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The Pope ends his letter with “a prayer for our earth”:
“All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
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.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.”
“Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.”
“We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.”
(The full text of the Pope’s letter is online at: http://www.news.va/en/news/laudato-si-the-integral-text-of-pope-francis-encyc)