its joyful (but not naive) celebration
of the natural world.
Here are five of the messages
Pope Francis shares in this encyclical.
1. Faith and “real life”
The very act of writing an encyclical
on our care for creation means that
Pope Francis, like popes before him,
wants Catholics to apply principles
from faith to all aspects of life. Our
spiritual life is part and parcel of the
rest of our life, and it has bearing
on how we conduct ourselves in the
marketplace, in our relationships, in
our politics, and so on.
In fact, so closely intertwined is
faith and material reality that Pope
Francis spends a good bit of ink explaining that the created world is an
embodiment of God in the same way
that human life is made in the image
and likeness of God.
Our insistence that each human being is an image of God
should not make us overlook
the fact that each creature has
its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material
universe speaks of God’s love,
his boundless affection for us.
Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of
God (Laudato si’, sec. 84).
2. The environmental crisis
is real and urgent.
Pope Francis recognizes that global
warming and other types of environmental degradation are harming the
earth and the plants and animals that
live on it, including humans. The
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