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In addition to letting the general public know what we are up to, we want this site to assist professed and in-formation Secular Franciscans with the daily choices that they make in the areas of justice, peacemaking, and respect for all that God has created.

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Lisa Kremer, OFS
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POPE FRANCIS: ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT

"The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things. Saint Bonaventure [Franciscan Doctor of the Church] teaches us that 'contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves'." --Laudato Si, para. 233

At roughly 42,000 words (including footnotes--about the length of a 150-page book), attempting to read this ground-breaking document in one sitting could prove hazardous to one's health and well-being! So here are links to the official Vatican network's press guide, as well as a study guide to the encyclical's key points. And then when you've got some time, settle back with your fair-trade beverage and read the whole document.
 
And once you've got a handle on this great document, how about getting together with others to learn and grow with it? For parish or fraternity discussion groups, adult faith sharing, etc.--the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has a discussion and study guide to do the heavy lifting.
 
Catholic News Service says: "What could be more nature-loving than a #LaudatoSi wordcloud! CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has created an awesome powerpoint. ChurchPOP has a first-glance list of quotes on main themes. Some graphics for sharing on social media come from Global Catholic Climate Movement.
 
A major international scientific society is pleased with this new encyclical. The American Geophysical Union, which represents more than 60,000 earth and space scientists worldwide: "The scientific community has long agreed that climate change is one of the most profound challenges facing our global society and ...there is no question human activity is playing a predominant role in that change and that action must be taken immediately. Our hope is that a statement such as the encyclical, from the leader of a religious community that numbers more than a billion worldwide, will serve to elevate the issue to a public that may not have been fully aware that climate change affects all of us and foster a dialogue that can help reduce its negative consequences."
 
From an interfaith perspective, The Muslim Times says: "The Papal Encyclical provides an unprecedented opportunity for the people of the world’s faith traditions to... open our hearts to one another and to the plea of Mother Nature."



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"Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth."