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paced world of selfies and twitter, this is radical. We no longer make choices, because our path, as young people in a first world, is almost predetermined. We own laptops made from rare earth metals, we own mobile phones made by people who do not earn enough to live on, we wear clothes that are made by people who run the very real risk of being killed in a factory fire, we power our cars with fuel that people have died for, we wear blood diamonds, we eat chocolate made by a company that doesn’t believe that every human being has the right to clean water. Our society is designed to value profit over people and to suggest that we do otherwise is touted as radical and almost horrifying because not only does it challenge existing power structures, it is also extremely hard to live a life that treads both lightly on the earth and on the poor and excluded. My favourite part of the Encyclical is that Pope Francis doesn’t just ask us to recycle more and consider solar panels, he calls us to love without limits and caveats and to turn that love and faith into the sort of action that saves the planet and our species. We are constantly hearing that we are the last generation that can do something about it and the first generation to see the biggest effects, but we have not yet been called to engage in the sort of radical love that

ensures the future of our species. We must eradicate the evasiveness that “serves as a licence to carrying on with our present lifestyles and models of production and consumption” (LS 59) and admit that our lifestyle is unsustainable. We must not only preach love and compassion, but we must live it, radically and faithfully.

Our society is designed to value profit over people and to suggest that we do otherwise is touted as radical and almost horrifying because not only does it challenge existing power structures, it is also extremely hard to live a life that treads both lightly on the earth and on the poor and excluded.

THE FRANCIS EFFECT II: PRAISED BE YOU – ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

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The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

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