‘Laudato Si’ tells us: Everything is interconnected when caring for the Earth

‘Laudato Si’ tells us: Everything is interconnected when caring for the Earth

By David Gibson, Catholic News Service – 26 April 2021, 07:00 987

Pope Francis speaks during a Sept. 12, 2020, meeting with members of the “Laudato Si'” Communities in the Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. “Everything is interconnected,” Pope Francis said in the encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home.” (CNS photo/Vatican Media)


Today there are coming into educational institutions and into the churches everywhere spiritualistic teachings that undermine faith in God and in His word. The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature is received by many who profess to believe the Scriptures; but, however beautifully clothed, this theory is a most dangerous deception. It misrepresents God and is a dishonor to His greatness and majesty. And it surely tends not only to mislead, but to debase men. Darkness is its element, sensuality its sphere. The result of accepting it is separation from God. And to fallen human nature this means ruin.
Our condition through sin is unnatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sin. His grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature. The spiritualistic theories concerning God make His grace of no effect. If God is an essence pervading all nature, then He dwells in all men; and in order to attain holiness, man has only to develop the power within him. MH 428.2 – MH 428.3

Pope Francis bases his thinking about essential interconnections in human life on Scripture. The creation accounts in the book of Genesis “suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself,” he observes (No. 66).Fro

From Above assertion, brother stones are neighbors crying for being exploited in Egypt, the pope has heard the cry of the Israel stones and storks, He has sent Joe Biden his son to Glasgow to give mandates and give ten commandments to guide brothers like water, plants, soil, to bring them back to LIFE. What DARKNESS!… Pope has given a counterfeit Sabbath in the wilderness! Satan An Angel of Light commands Moses in the burning bush.

In rejecting the truth, men reject its Author. In trampling upon the law of God, they deny the authority of the Law-giver. It is as easy to make an idol of false doctrines and theories as to fashion an idol of wood or stone. By misrepresenting the attributes of God, Satan leads men to conceive of Him in a false character. With many, a philosophical idol is enthroned in the place of Jehovah; while the living God, as He is revealed in His word, in Christ, and in the works of creation, is worshiped by but few. Thousands deify nature while they deny the God of nature. Though in a different form, idolatry exists in the Christian world today as verily as it existed among ancient Israel in the days of Elijah. The God of many professedly wise men, of philosophers, poets, politicians, journalists—the God of polished fashionable circles, of many colleges and universities, even of some theological institutions—is little better than Baal, the sun-god of Phoenicia.
No error accepted by the Christian world strikes more boldly against the authority of Heaven, none is more directly opposed to the dictates of reason, none is more pernicious in its results, than the modern doctrine, so rapidly gaining ground, that God’s law is no longer binding upon men. GC 583.1 – GC 584.1

“Everything is interconnected.” Those three words serve as a key to unlocking the purpose of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si‘” on the urgent need to give care to the planet Earth, “our common home.”

Those three words also help explain why the encyclical’s range of concerns is far wider than it may at first appear to be.

Things go very wrong in this world when we overlook essential points of connection, the pope suggests. His thought sticks with me like a simple truth often taken for granted in other areas of concern.

Doctors, for instance, hope patients will develop clarity about the interconnections between exercise, sound nutrition and bodily well-being. Counselors advise that happiness may evade us if we focus only inward upon ourselves. We fail, then, to connect with others whose needs may be great but whose considerable gifts might nonetheless nourish us if only we noticed them.

Is Nature God? Mother Earth? Sister Water, Brother Sun?

Pope Francis bases his thinking about essential interconnections in human life on Scripture. The creation accounts in the book of Genesis “suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself,” he observes (No. 66).

(CNS illustration; photo by Stephanie Keith, Reuters)
None of these can be deleted from the “care for our common home” equation, so to speak. The pope says:

Dialogue to protect brother stones,waters that cannot speak for themselves…. What!!! A relationship to have Sun-day Sabbath observance of the Pope above God’s Seventh Day Sabbath?

And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.1 Kings:15:12

Is Pope defining afresh the answer of Jesus Christ who is my neighbor? Brother Stone crying sister Water, Mother Nature Mary worship?

Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbor, for whose care and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my own self, with others, with God and with the earth” (No. 70).

The encyclical encourages “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet” (No. 14). In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, his namesake, Pope Francis refers to our planet as a “sister” who “cries out to us.” The earth today, “burdened and laid waste,” is, he declares, “among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor” (No. 2).

In this way the pope speaks almost as if the earth constitutes a personal presence that should elicit a personal, caring response from us.

In any event, if the earth is to receive the care it deserves, its human element cannot be neglected. Care for the earth encompasses what the encyclical terms “human ecology.” It must foster conditions that favor human well-being.

The encyclical holds that “our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God” (No. 119).

In urging heightened care for nature, for the environment in this world, the encyclical does not overlook God’s vast creation witnessed in the heavens above. The pope recalls words of St. John Paul II in the year 2000:

“Alongside revelation properly so-called, contained in sacred Scripture, there is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of night” (No. 85).

I wonder if my as-yet-unborn great- and great-great grandchildren might hear from a future pope about the urgent need to extend caring, respectful, informed attention to distant planets and their moons.

In a section of “Laudato Si’” titled “The Mystery of the Universe,” Pope Francis offers this underlying rationale for all creation:

“Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things” (No. 77).

These theories, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They do away with the necessity for the atonement and make man his own savior. These theories regarding God make His word of no effect, and those who accept them are in great danger of being led finally to look upon the whole Bible as a fiction. They may regard virtue as better than vice; but, having shut out God from His rightful position of sovereignty, they place their dependence upon human power, which, without God, is worthless. The unaided human will has no real power to resist and overcome evil. The defenses of the soul are broken down. Man has no barrier against sin. When once the restraints of God’s word and His Spirit are rejected, we know not to what depths one may sink.
“Every word of God is pure:He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.Add thou not unto His words,Lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
“His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself,And he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.” Proverbs 30:5, 6; 5:22. MH 428.4 – MH 429.2

Accenting the term “creation” in discussions like this one has a way of affirming with particular force that all life is “a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all,” Pope Francis proposes (No. 76).

Few will be surprised that the encyclical makes the pope’s concern for the poor abundantly clear. Because the Lord is their maker, he says, “the rich and the poor have equal dignity” (No. 94).

Gratitude and generosity are ways of acknowledging creation as God’s “loving gift,” the pope makes clear. His hope is that such attitudes will lead to “a loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion” (No. 220).

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