Greetings, to all and to all visiting us in this lovely place part of the world.
Pope Francis has a new Encyclical titled, “Laudato Si,” it is his first encyclical focus on the idea on “Integral ecology,” connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbors and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth, while dialogue and education are the two keys that can “help us to escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us”.
At the heart of the Pope’s reflections is the question: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”. The answers he suggests call for profound changes to political, economic, cultural and social systems, as well as to our individual lifestyles.
In chapter 1 he sets out six of the most serious challenges facing “our common home”
• Pollution, waste and our throwaway mentality: “the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth”
• Climate change: “one of the principle challenges facing humanity in our day” but “many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms”
• Water: “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right” yet entire populations, and especially children get sick and die because of contaminated water
• Biodiversity: “Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species” and the consequences cannot be predicted as “all of us, as living creatures, are dependent on one another”. Often transnational economic interests obstruct this protection
• Breakdown of society: Current models of development adversely affect the quality of life of most of humanity and “many cities are huge, inefficient structures, excessively wasteful of energy and water
• Global inequality: Environmental problems affect the most vulnerable people, the greater part of the world’s population and the solution is not reducing the birth rate but counteracting “an extreme and selective consumerism”
This is just the summary of Chapter 1 of the encyclical and hopefully this will peak your interest in reading the encyclical which is available in the internet as well as at “Simply Sacred,” in Santa Rosa. I encourage you to read it and next week I’ll continue the rest of the chapter summary of this encyclical.
Peace and Blessings!
Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
June 28, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“You changed my mourning into dancing!”
The first line of today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom is important and true: “God did not make death… God formed man to be imperishable”. Death was never a part of God’s plan! Our own sin brought death into the world, but Jesus has power over sin, illness, and death. Yet we know we will all die, but we are not lost. If we follow Jesus, we will see Him and our loved ones again, and we will have everlasting life with Him in heaven.
Today we see Jesus healing people through His words and touch. He honored the faith of the synagogue official, whose daughter was at the “point of death”, and he healed the woman who had faith so strong that she believed, “if I but touch His clothes, I shall be cured.” Let us pray for that same faith, a faith so strong that we trust Jesus in everything!
“In every age, O God, you have been our refuge. In every age, O God, you have been our hope!”
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: This is My Father’s World (ss)
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 30: I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Preparation of Gifts: You are Mine # 460
Communion: In Every Age # 469
Recessional: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164
OUTDOOR CHURCH CLEANUP
Thank you so much to the volunteers who swept and raked and cleaned up the outdoor church today:
Kathy & Lyle Karnath
Thank you also to the Fire District for hosing down the pews.