Praise be! (three quotes from Laudato si)

Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of “reproductive health”. Yet “while it is true that an unequal distribution of the population and of available resources creates obstacles to development and a sustainable use of the environment, it must nonetheless be recognized that demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared development”.[28] To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption. Besides, we know that approximately a third of all food produced is discarded, and “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor”.[29] Still, attention needs to be paid to imbalances in population density, on both national and global levels, since a rise in consumption would lead to complex regional situations, as a result of the interplay between problems linked to environmental pollution, transport, waste treatment, loss of resources and quality of life. (50)

Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”.[97] (121)

Human ecology also implies another profound reality: the relationship between human life and the moral law, which is inscribed in our nature and is necessary for the creation of a more dignified environment. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of an “ecology of man”, based on the fact that “man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will”.[120] It is enough to recognize that our body itself establishes us in a direct relationship with the environment and with other living beings. The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it”.[121] (155)


It was really hard for me to only pick three quotes from Laudato si! When will we begin to root our life in love?

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marriage means little (opinion)

When my husband left me ten years ago, this is the house I could afford for my children and me.

Today, after finally finishing school in the lightning speed of nine years, I have stepped into a career. This is the house I can now afford.

I know. I know. I’ve accomplished the dream in such a short time, just in time before my oldest graduates. It’s a miracle. Right? By the time all of my children have graduated school, I might actually be able to afford a house that stands straight and has a kitchen with a living room. Of course, why would I need it then? Grandchildren maybe.

Praise God for the charity of others, otherwise I would be tempted to show you the houses my ex-husband can afford and has been able to afford since leaving me; he has the power to marry whomever he wants, when he wants, however many times he wants, taking whatever he can from this life, leaving the rest behind–it is his right! He is free! He is free! He can be whatever type of man he wants to be. The power of man. . .

You might think less of me because you might think I envy him, his possessions, his status, his power. Is it envy? No. I actually cry over the society that cares so little for marriage and the family. Only a materialistic, a consumerist society could figure out how to put the family in the market to be exploited, re-invented, liquidated, or sold.

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tyranny (quote)

Tyranny is wanting to have something one way when it can only be had in another.

–Blaise Pascal (91, p. 22)

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The two sects (quote)

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt (1633)

The interior war between reason and the passions meant that those who wanted peace divided into two sects. Some wanted to renounce the passions and become gods; the others wanted to renounce reason and become brute beasts. . .But neither group succeeded, and reason is still there accusing the baseness and injustice of the passions and disturbing the peace of those who give way to them, and the passions are still alive in those who want to reject them. –Blaise Pascal, Pensees (29, p. 9)

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