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Consider the Lilies of the Field
Pope Francis has written a follow-up letter to an earlier one, “Laudato Si” regarding the environmental crisis.
This one is titled, “Laudate Deum.” He addresses the people of the world, not just Catholics.
Here is the opening paragraph and a link to the entire document.”Praise God for all his creatures”. This was the message that Saint Francis of Assisi proclaimed by his life, his canticles and all his actions. In this way, he accepted the invitation of the biblical Psalms and reflected the sensitivity of Jesus before the creatures of his Father: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these” (Mt 6:28-29). “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight” (Lk 12:6). How can we not admire this tenderness of Jesus for all the beings that accompany us along the way!
Read the full statement here.
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