FATHER CHARLES BRANDT – “ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME”
together-as-one . . . shared alike . . . bound together by obligation
The Brandt Series:
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME: LAUDATO SI
Text and nature photos by Charles Brandt
It cannot have escaped your notice, but on Thursday 18th, June 2015, Pope Francis published his long-awaited encyclical: Laudato Si, ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, addressed to every person living on this planet.
Thomas Berry writes elsewhere that the human community and the natural world must go into the future as a single sacred community, or we will perish in the desert. Some scientists believe that we have already released so much carbon into the atmosphere, which is causing global warming, that we have passed the point of no return. Laudato Si sees it differently: there is still Hope if we begin to act NOW. So menacing is this threat that recently the world powers (G7 Nations) have reached an agreement to completely “decarbonize” their economics by 2100.
This is a watershed moment. It means that all oil, coal, gas, will be left in the ground after 2100.
WOW! Even (our past) Canadian Prime Minister Harper agrees. This bodes well for Woodhus Creek.
On “Our Common Home”, Aldo Leopold writes that our community includes by extension waters, plants, soil, atmosphere, and all sentient beings: in other words : The Human Community and the Other than Human Community.
While Laudato Si is concerned with the poor Human Community it is perhaps more concerned with the poor Other than Human Community, especially how global warming is affecting this community.
We all have important works that we are involved in. Thomas Berry points out that in addition we are all involved in the GREAT WORK: which is making a transition from a society that is having a disruptive influence on the earth to one that will have a benign influence. That we make this transition by experiencing creation with a sense of wonder and delight.
That we have to fall in love with the earth. We only save something, someone, if we love them. We only love something if we think it is sacred.
Only the sense of the sacred will save us. Laudato Si teaches us that the earth is sacred,
our Common Home is Sacred.
Father Charles A.E.Brandt, erm
September 30, 2015
postscript from Pope Francis . . .
Peace, Justice & Joy