Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 9 April 2018

by Paulina French “Follow three rules: respect yourself, respect others, and take responsibility for all your actions.” – Dalai Lama

Neglecting to monitor the harm done to nature and the environmental impact of our decisions is only the most striking sign of a disregard for the message contained in the structures of nature itself. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected. Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for “instead of carrying out his role as a co-operator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n.117)

Lord,
I ask for the grace to recognise the worth of all creatures and people that occupy the earth with me.
Help me, in everything I do, to promote the cooperation between man and nature.
Amen.

Mrs Paulina French

Paulina is a Chartered Accountant who spent a number of years working for an international auditing firm and with a major retail bank. She is married with two daughters. On the birth of her second daughter she left the corporate world and became a full time mom. She spent a few years doing some consulting work and used to work three mornings a week for the Jesuit Institute.

p.french@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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