This is an extraordinary document by an intelligent thoughtful deeply spiritual man. With one exception it is difficult to imagine any other contemporary world figure writing such a document. I think Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama are the two most conscious spiritual leaders of their age. Truly world historical individuals.
I am publishing the encyclical itself, rather than an analysis and extracts, because even though it is long I found that reading his actual words was very moving.
1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
2. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, …