Laudato Sí: A Gift for a New Era

Integral Ecology | Wed, Jan 25, 2017

By María Laura Vargas Valcárcel

Laudato Sí is Pope Francis’s gift to the world in order to make a new beginning in this most urgent and dramatic hour of history. He makes a powerful statement that we do not have the right to continue imperiously to contaminate and ruin God’s work.

Laudato  is a beautiful gift because it invites us to develop a new way of looking, to see God’s creation as a work of God’s gratuitous and merciful love. If we really believe that we are created in the image and likeness of God, then we can express this deep respect, care, and reverence for all the beings of creation – not so much as resources in relation to our human interests – but rather as creatures of God’s love, and deserving of our love, too, in acknowledgment that “every creature has its own value and significance” (76). God creates as an act of love so that “every creature is thus the object of the Father’s tenderness, who [sic] gives it its place in the world. Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, and in its few seconds of existence, God enfolds it with his affection” (77).

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