Papal Reflections on Work

(Ninth in a series) POPE FRANCIS’ REFLECTIONS on work in his encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” make a great deal of sense to me. The Holy Father gives work a broad definition. Placing work within his general view of the meaning of human life on earth, Pope Francis notes that by work he means not only manual or agricultural labor, but also any activity by human persons that alters or changes reality.

Father Robert Lauder

Pope Francis and The World

(Eighth in a series) IN STUDYING POPE Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’,” I’ve discovered that the philosophy of person that underlies Pope Francis’ theological reflections seems to be similar to the philosophy of person that I teach to students at St. John’s University.

A Timely Encyclical

Year in Review: Pope Francis placed the Church in the corner of environmentalists with the publication Laudato Si’ on May 24.

Papal Teaching Develops

(Seventh in a series) ANYONE WHO has been reading this series of columns on Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” knows how enthusiastic I am about the letter and also about Pope Francis.
The best essay that I have read about the encyclical was written by Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams, a theologian and poet, who served as archbishop of Canterbury, England, from 2002 to 2012.

Christmas Changes Everything

(Sixth in a series) ANOTHER CHRISTMAS! How the years fly by! This special day in 2015 has taken on more of a global meaning for me because of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’.” If I had to sum up the Holy Father’s encyclical in one sentence, the sentence would be: “Everything is connected.”

Thou and It Relationships

(Fifth in a series) IN HIS ENCYCLICAL, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis claims that humanity has dealt with technology and its development according to a one-dimensional model. According to this model a person is exalted who uses logical and rational procedures to exercise control over the object while neglecting the possibilities inherent in the thing itself. If this is the way we approach and deal with nature, we are misusing one of God’s great gifts to us.

Pope: Combat Poverty And Climate Change

Heads of states at the U.N. climate change conference in Paris must do everything possible to mitigate the effects of both climate change and poverty “for the good of our common home,” Pope Francis said.

Plan Offers Ways to Implement Encyclical

The produce raised at a parish community garden goes to needy families in Georgia. The garden is an example of how the Atlanta Archdiocese hopes Catholics and parishes can implement “Laudato Si’.”

The Incarnation and the World

(Fourth in a series) THE MEANING AND mystery of the Incarnation, the taking on of flesh by the Son of God, can be thought about, prayed about, read about and deeply embraced. Yet there is always more richness, insight and grace to take from it.