In Section V of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ most important points are that we, asCatholics, have the responsibility to care for our earth and the people thatlive on it, and that love, both civic and political, is always present in theactions that better our world. Pope Francis says that it is our duty to loveand help our earth and one another, and society must no longer focus on socialissues but on the care for our environment and how to help and protect the earth.Love is both public and political, and it is present when we perform actions tohelp and protect our earth. When we use social love to strive for the commongood, we are affecting all relationships in society, including individual andsocial, political, and economic relationships.
According to Pope Francis in Laudato Si, “social love moves us todevise larger strategies to halt environmental degradation and to encourage a”culture of care” which permeates all of society” (Laudato Si, Chapter Six, 231). To make society focus more onprotecting and helping the environment, social love must be valued andencouraged so that more people will strive for the common good and help protectthe earth. This section has taught me that since I may not be called todirectly engage in changing society or politics, I can still make an impact inmy community by encouraging the members of my community to strive for the commongood and to protect the environment. I can do this by bringing my communitytogether to restore one of our local parks and plant more trees in that park.This will bring my community together, show my community that we are livingtogether in a home that God gave us to protect, strengthen our relationship asa community, and teach my community about protecting and helping ourenvironment and all of God’s creation.
In SectionVI of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ most important points are about the importanceof the Eucharist, and the importance of our participation in the Eucharist andthe celebration of rest each Sunday. In the Eucharist, creation is given itsgreatest praise, and with the Eucharist, fullness is already attained and it isfull of love and life. The Eucharist connects heaven and earth, and it containsall of God’s creation. In theEucharist, “creation is projected towards divinization, towards the holywedding feast, towards unification with the Creator himself”.167 (Laudato Si,Chapter Six, 236).
Therefore, the Eucharist is the foundation of light andencouragement for our protection of the environment and it guides us to becomeguardians of all of God’s creation. Sunday is extremely important for Catholicsbecause it is when we receive the Eucharist, and it is a day of rest and forhealing our relationships with God, our earth, and with the people around us.The rest on each Sunday is not an unproductive rest because it allows us to thinkabout our actions of the week and how we can change to help others. Accordingto Pope Francis in Laudato Si, “Rest opens our eyes to thelarger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And sothe day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week,and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor” (Laudato Si, Chapter Six, 237). Rest isnecessary to reflect and prepare ourselves for the week ahead of us and to thinkof our actions, how they have affected others, and how we can act to helpothers and our environment.
This section has encouraged me to attend SundayMass more often and actually rest on Sunday instead of stressing out aboutschoolwork or other activities. I truly need to contemplate and think about myactions and how my actions have affected others. I also need to think about myweek ahead of me and try to help those in need and help protect my environment.I can act to protect my environment by recycling more and taking quickershowers to reduce the amount of water I use. I need to attend Mass more often sothat I can receive the Eucharist and be motivated to protect my environment andhelp others.