Pope Francis in “Laudato Si”

  1. “Human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself.”   Can you speak of times when we have fractured or broken our relationship with the earth?  What can we do to heal this relationship?
  2. “If someone has not learned to stop and admire something beautiful we should not be surprised if he or she treats everything as an object to be used and abused without scruple.”  If we are going to undergo an “ecological conversion” called for by Pope John Paul 11; what are some mind sets that must change?
  3. “Today, we have to realise that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach, it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” The UN has called for urgent action for countries including Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen to avoid a human catastrophe for millions of people. What are some factors that precipitated this crisis?
  4. “It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining indifferent to human trafficking.”  Can you identify other inconsistencies where financial profits have been given priority over the quality of human life and environmental life?
  5. “Promote an economy which favours productive diversity and small scale food production systems”  Using a modest amount of land and producing less waste, be it in small agricultural parcels, in orchards and gardens, hunting and wild harvesting, or local fishing.”  Can you identify some initiatives in your own communities that have responded to this call?
  6. “We need to take up an ancient lesson that “less is more” Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little.” “Live simply so that others can simply live” is a slogan which many may find unattainable. What are some modest steps that we can all take to make this a reality?
  7. “The day of rest, centred on the Eucharist, sheds its light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.”  How can we become Eucharist centered people in our relationships with people and the earth?