Posted June 18, 2015 6:29 AM by

Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ quick takes —and they are good ones…


(CUSA) – I have read the entire encyclical albeit quickly. Here is what I can tell you:


It is anti-pollution, pro-park, sees carbon credits as a scam, sees oppressive environmental policies hurting poor countries, pro-God, anti-selfishness, anti-body worship culture, anti-culture of waste, pro-human being.


Yes he mentions that there are many scientists who think global warming is real. Big deal. The tone is one of taking care of God’s creation, not wasting or abusing it. Humanity at the center of creation.


It recognizes that politics is often a cover for special interest groups.


It does take an alarmist approach to wastefulness, but this is a result of sin and selfishness and technology for its own sake, not simply to serve mankind.


It also quotes liberally from scripture and from previous popes.


In the end, the encyclical has a great deal of value with which most right thinking Christians will agree.


It presents two beautiful prayers which I will publish here. If you want to read the entire encyclical scroll to the bottom.


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.

A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!


Don’t let the media, Left or Right, fool you. You can read it for yourself hereDNW

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