Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ #209: An awareness of the gravity of today’s cultural and ecological crisis must be translated into new habits. Many people know that our current progress and the mere amassing of things and pleasures are not enough to give meaning and joy to the human heart, yet they feel unable to give up what the market sets before them. In those countries which should be making the greatest changes in consumer habits, young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment. At the same time, they have grown up in a milieu of extreme consumerism and affluence which makes it difficult to develop other habits.
Reflection: What practices help you resist the lure of advertisements? What young people do you know who have an “ecological sensitivity”? What can you learn from them?
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Laudato Si’: Care For Our Common Home
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