May 14, 2021

Laudato Si’ Week 2021

A selection of quotes from Laudato Si’

Pope Francis focuses on the connections that all people share with one another and the natural world in his encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” Here is a selection of quotes from the encyclical that reflect that overall theme:

• “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents” (“Laudato Si’, #14).

• “Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another” (#42).

• “If the simple fact of being moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty toward nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith” (#64).

• “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” (#84).

• “When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities—to offer just a few examples—it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected” (#117).

• “The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things” (#233). †

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