Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 6 November 2017
by Paulina French “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have not spent a night with a mosquito.” (African Proverb)
“In this universe, shaped by open and intercommunicating systems, we can discern countless forms of relationship and participation. This leads us to think of the whole as open to God’s transcendence, within which it develops. Faith allows us to interpret the meaning and the mysterious beauty of what is unfolding. We are free to apply our intelligence towards things evolving positively, or towards adding new ills, new causes of suffering and real setbacks. This is what makes for the excitement and drama of human history, in which freedom, growth, salvation and love can blossom, or lead towards decadence and mutual destruction. The work of the Church seeks not only to remind everyone of the duty to care for nature, but at the same time “she must above all protect mankind from self-destruction”. (Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n.51)” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n.79)
I ask for the grace to make choices that will lead to the protection of the earth and mankind.
Help me to remember that with rights comes responsibilities which impact on the future of mankind as a whole.