Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 28 August 2017

by Frances Correia

“The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything that stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule” (Pope Francis)

It is remarkable how weak international political responses to the environmental crisis have been. The failure of global summits on the environment make it plain that our politics are subject to technology and finance. There are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected. The Aparecida Document urges that “the interests of economic groups which irrationally demolish sources of life should not prevail in dealing with natural resources”. The alliance between the economy and technology ends up side-lining anything unrelated to its immediate interests. Consequently the most one can expect is superficial rhetoric, sporadic acts of philanthropy and perfunctory expressions of concern for the environment, whereas any genuine attempt by groups within society to introduce change is viewed as a nuisance based on romantic illusions or an obstacle to be circumvented. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n.54)

Lord may I deeply ponder the wonder of your creation, and be open to seeing its true fragility and beauty. Show me where I put my own interest above the needs of others. Help me to find ways in which I can live in harmony with all of your creation. Inspire me to protect and care for our common home for the benefit of all. Amen

Mrs Frances Correia

Frances Correia has worked as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition for the last 20 years. She is a lay Catholic, married with children.

f.correia@jesuitinstitute.org.za @francescorrreia
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