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“We have to accept that technological products are not neutral, for they create a framework which ends up conditioning lifestyles and shaping social possibilities along the lines dictated by the interests of certain powerful groups” (LS 107). Meal time, a time for a family to gather and be together, can be an expression of beauty. Our children helped us create a small vegetable and herb garden at home. They planted seeds and water the garden. They also help pick what we need for meals. Sitting together for a meal and talking about this creation is a wonderful experience. The joy on their faces and the interaction between generations when they go to visit grandparents and race outside with bowls to pick the tomatoes and cucumbers is a beautiful experience to witness.

It is a challenge of this Encyclical that families adopt a lifestyle that shows conviction and an attitude that cares for and protects the environment. “Good education plants seeds when we are young, and these continue to bear fruit throughout life. Here, though, I

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would stress that great importance of the family, which is ‘the place in which life – the gift of God – can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth. In the face of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life’” (LS 213). In this Encyclical, we are called to develop an awareness of our origin, of our belonging and of our future together. We can do this through education to make us aware of today’s ecological crisis. We also need to encourage dialogue and to develop a habit and sense of gratitude. Pope Francis emphasises the importance of the family in education. The family is where we first learn the simple gestures; saying thank you, showing love and respect, care for all creatures, how to tidy up. It is a challenge of this Encyclical that families adopt a lifestyle that shows conviction and an attitude that cares for and protects the environment. Parents are entrusted with this important role of ecological education. We try to model this behaviour for our children to show them that it is everyone’s responsibility in the family to be respectful and to show care.

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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