Integral Ecology

A month has passed since fall came to the northern hemisphere.  Temperatures in the Great Lakes area have fluctuated between crisp coolness and unseasonable warmth.  In parts, strong winds blow and snow falls while in other spots sun shines and trees glow.

Reports from across the United States speak of raging forest fires in the northwest, devastating floods in the southeast, and mudslides in California.  Couple this with thousands of refugees seeking refuge in Europe, and thousands across the world displaced by draught and violence and Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si, comes to mind.  Why you might ask? the letter which Francis wishes “to address to every person on the planet,”   the term “integral ecology” is introduced in the 4th Chapter.  It recognizes that “the analyses of environmental problems cannot be separated from the analysis of human …contexts, nor how they relate to…the environment.” 

Throughout Laudato Si, Francis does a superb job of helping us keep in mind that humans are part of the natural world.  There is no room for dichotomy between the two.  We are called, each and every one of us to live in such a way that Earth, our common home, will heal that It and all who dwell within It have fullness of life, a life that radiates a loving, magnificent God.

Laudato Si can be downloaded at .

Veronica Blake