“A great cultural, spiritual, and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.”
– Pope Francis, Laudato si’, 202
In “Minnesota, Our Common Home,” we explore integral ecology and the key principles discussed in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si. We propose how Minnesotans might translate them into our present situation. Laudato si’, which some assume is focused only on the environment, also applies to many other aspects of our life. Some of the ideas presented here may be new or challenging, for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
As Pope Francis repeats in Laudato si’, everything is connected, and as Catholics, we believe that even things that at first seem totally unrelated are, in fact, intricately woven together in God’s providential design. This is why the pope’s call for integral ecology is so remarkable. Integral ecology affirms that we are happiest when our lives are unified, not compartmentalized when we allow the truths we believe to shape all aspects of our lives, not just some of them. We cannot have a true ecology while human society deteriorates, just as we cannot build up the common good while destroying our common home.
Watch this short video that helps illustrate how we, as Minnesota Catholics, can live out this calling to integral ecology.
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Stay tuned in the coming weeks for further resources to delve into and further study integral ecology through Minnesota, Our Common Home.