As we continue to enjoy our summer time of relaxation and our Minnesota lakes and parks and barbecue grills, I would like to share with you still another excerpt from Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment: “Laudato Si: On the Care of our Common Home.” #217 “The external deserts in the world are growing , because the internal deserts have become so vast. For this reason the ecological crisis (we face) is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion’ whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. #218 In calling to mind the figure of St. Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion, which entails recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures, and leads us to heartfelt repentance and desire to change…”
When we all do our part to heed Pope Francis’ call, we can all eat our steak and enjoy it too! Here’s to a great rest of the summer and a thanksgiving to God for the wonder of creation God’s love has provided for us!