This is a truly historic event. It is possible, just possible, that June 18, 2015 will be remembered as the turning point, when humankind began to come to its senses.
The Laudato opens with St Francis’s prayer, “Praise be to you my Lord, through our sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.” It resonates with the Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiv Kutumkan, with the contemporary movement for the Rights of Mother Earth, with cultures and faiths across the world.
Like Rev. King, Pope Francis is calling for radical nonviolent global revolution.
The tree and I are looking at one another closely. The tree does not move. It simply remains here with me. The tree is wiser than I am, more of a survivor.
Pope Francis’ bold clarion call in Laudato Si’ is passionate but also thoughtful and undogmatic in exemplary ways. Even while summonsing the best conclusions and consensus of the scientific community, there is a tone of humility and a recognition that knowledge is always partial and emergent.