Laudato Si on the Love for the Family and the Environment

As should be bleedin’ obvious, respect for nature and respect for the family go hand in hand:

213. Ecological education can take place in a variety of settings: at school, in families, in the media, in catechesis and elsewhere. Good education plants seeds when we are young, and these continue to bear fruit throughout life. Here, though, I would stress the 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”.[149] In the family we first learn how to show love and respect for life; we are taught the proper use of things, order and cleanliness, respect for the local ecosystem and care for all creatures. In the family we receive an integral education, which enables us to grow harmoniously in personal maturity. In the family we learn to ask without demanding, to say “thank you” as an expression of genuine gratitude for what we have been given, to control our aggressivity and greed, and to ask forgiveness when we have caused harm. These simple gestures of heartfelt courtesy help to create a culture of shared life and respect for our surroundings.

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  • Pete the Greek

    This popped up in my news feed this morning.

    Amazing example of what the Holy Father is talking about.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    Maybe one day we will once again have a culture of life, but less than an hour ago the final nail in the coffin of marriage was struck in the Supreme Court.