“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 the key principles discussed in the encyclical and propose how we might translate them into our present situation as Minnesotans. 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. It is an affirmation 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.
To read the entire “Minnesota, Our Common Home” document download a PDF version of the booklet here.