Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si: Care of our Common Home
The title of Pope Francis Encyclical on the environment comes from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun where he begins his prayer by saying Praise be to you O Lord . Pope Francis calls us to see the earth as a mother who has nourished us and now is in need of our help. He tells us that Global Warming is simply a symptom of a much larger problem, the developed world’s indifference to the destruction of the planet as they pursue short term economic gains. He voices his concerns about pollution, climate change, a lack of clean water, loss of biodiversity, and an overall decline in human life and a breakdown of society. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years,” he states. But he shows the greatest clarity when he shows that physical pollution has many social, psychological, economic, and political aspects that are not always visible. He shows that poor are the ones most clearly effected by these environmental changes.
Red Hill Farm, owned by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia, is located on 265 acres of woodlands and meadows, some of the last undeveloped land of Delaware County. The farm is one of the sisters’ many environmental initiatives. Red Hill Farm is a six-acre farm in its 15th year of production. It provides food for 120 members as well as for the Sisters of St. Francis.
God of Wonders — The Documentary (2009) Full Length
Uploaded to YouTube on Jan 11, 2012 (www.eternal-productions.org) This is a long video (1 hr 24 minutes) but it is well worth your time and energy. At the end you will be in awe of creation and of the God who made it happen. This is the write-up on You Tube about it:
Exploring the Wonders of Creation, Conscience, and the Glory of God!
God’s wonders surround us. And these marvels reveal much about our Creator. Through creation we glimpse His power and wisdom, His majesty and care. Creation is speaking to those who will listen…
Join us on a remarkable journey of discovery as we explore the Creator’s handiwork and what His creation reveals about His character. Survey the unimaginable size of the universe and ponder the vast energy present in all matter. Examine the elegant water molecule essential to all life and discover how God combines these molecules to form beautiful and symmetrical snow crystals. Learn about the incredible complexity of DNA and the miraculous workings of the tiny seed. From the design functionality of birds to the incredible transformation of butterflies, these and many other features of creation are highlighted in this visually stunning presentation.
God of Wonders is a breath-taking tour of God’s creation wonders, visible and invisible, and the greatest wonder of all — His redeeming love!