Glenn Franco Simmons
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Pope Francis, Encyclical 3 of 3
This artwork is inspired from Pope Francis' "ENCYCLICAL LETTER, LAUDATO SI’, OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME." It is public domain. Following is the part of the Encyclical that I borrowed it from. I hope Pope Francis doesn't mind.
1. “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.(1)
2. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.
1 Canticle of the Creatures, in Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, New York-London-Manila, 1999, 113-114. Public domain. Image courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use. Quote use does not imply The Vatican's and/or Pope Francis' endorsement of such use.
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