The title Laudato Si’, means “Praise be unto you” and is taken from the writings of St. Francis of Assisi, the namesake of the author of this book, Pope Francis.
Addressed not only to Catholics but to “every person living on this planet,” Pope Francis’ second encyclical is a challenging call for a “bold cultural revolution” in how we think about technological progress and economic growth.
The degradation of our environment, he says, is a symptom of deeper problems: rapid change, unsustainable overconsumption, indifference to the poor, and the decay of social values..
This document will be discussed and studied by both believers and non-believers for years to come.
The edition featured here includes a Study Guide at the end for reflection/discussion.
Softcover; 200 pgs. 8 x 5.25
This book is a book on the environment like no other. Rather than recommending short-term technological or political solutions, Pope Francis states that before cleaning the environment the human race must first clean its own inner house and change its own attitude to itself and others. Disrespect for the environment is an act, and any act originates from a mental attitude. If polluting the environment is the result of a human mental attitude, it would be simple for Laudato Si’ to simply say, “Don’t pollute.” Pope Francis however goes further: What are the psychological impulses and motivations behind that attitude?
Pope Francis isn't threatening us. He is reminding us in case we have
forgotten. I believe that his personal example of how to live on the earth
is one of his most important lessons for us.
In the same vein, I once read a quote from Chief Seattle, which I paraphrase here:
" If all the creatures that roam the earth were to be destroyed, so would humanity die;
for we are all bound together, for the good of each other."