From a recent post on You tube. Pope Francis has sent his encyclical letter to all Catholics, every human, and the Earth herself. I wept as I listened to his compassionate cry for us to adopt responsible behavior for how we act concerning God’s creation. He wrote to remind us we are intimately connected to life and its existence throughout time and space.
Pope Francis’s letter is called Laudato Si’ (The Letter);
It is a new encyclical letter about the environmental crisis that is and will continue to affect every single person in the world. He made his first call to us in 2013. A few years later, he highlights four voices that have gone unheard in global conversations; the poor, the indigenous, the youth, and the planet Earth. Their voices have been invited to an unprecedented dialogue with the Pope.
This documentary highlights the extraordinary experiences that are taking place in their lifetime. It follows their journey to Rome and their conversations with Pope Francis. The imagery is packed with haunting personal stories alongside the latest information about the planetary crisis and the toll it’s taking on nature and people. These individuals were chosen and invited to an audience with the pope from Senegal, the Amazon, India, and Hawai’i. They had the opportunity to voice their opinions and perspectives about our mounting global crisis of greed and the undisciplined use of all our natural resources that are vital to the earth’s health and well-being.
Inspired Love of the Planet
As the documentary closes we see distinct and seemingly unrelated passions meld into one harmonious love and hope for the future. The poor, the indigenous, the youth, the immigrant, and the world’s wildlife are suffering the consequences of a few people’s decisions and behavior to amass unprecedented wealth.
The droughts in Africa, the devastation of the Amazon rain forests, our polluted water sources, melting glaciers, and garbage-filled oceans and landfills are all evidence that we as a species are at a tipping point today. However, it is within the human heart to change a redirect ourselves to the understanding we are one body with one intention in the mind of God. We have been created to love and live in harmony on this planet given to us as a gift.
In Pope Francis’s words, the Laudato Si’ Movement, “Once you know, you CANNOT Look Away.”
Pope Francis, took his name from the saint most known for peace and love for creation. His plea for dialogue is unprecedented. We are connected in every imaginable way on this Earth. We cannot go forward till we reflect on how we got here today, regardless of how much sadness that may entail. No plans or doctrines will change or revive the pathetic state of the environment until our hearts and minds are revived with a new spirit of caring and tenderness in everything we do, think, and say.