Daring to surrender, to speak, and act with courage. Having the courage to make the necessary possible. The Pope’s calls can stay in beautiful inspiring words and postulates that mean nothing, unless that each and every one of us takes up our share.

January 23, 2017

“… If we do not talk the language of brotherhood and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitudes are those of the dominant,  consumer or operator of resources, unable to put a limit to their immediate interests ” – Encyclical of Pope Francisco, Laudato Si’ No. 11

All humanity groaning in travail. This is not a question, a concern or an intuition; it is a concrete, definite fact, and that is marking a watershed in our inescapable reality as all mankind. This reality does not escape from our hands, but many want to avoid talking about personal responsibility, cyclical processes of nature or other explanations naive and irresponsible. We are experiencing the consequences of a way of life, and of course “development”, that has no future. One that is held in a system that has devastating consequences in the lives of people, and even kills.

The “culture of discarding” denounced so hard and frontally by Pope Francis is the result of a way of life, called neoliberalism (now with expressions called post-neoliberal), where much of the human being has lost track of his relationship of belonging to the land itself and nature.  Therefore it also has uprooted himself and his inner life (even spirituality), and therefore lives completely oblivious to the reality of the other, unless you have an interest by means of generating a transaction value, either monetary or emotional.  Pope Francis says this dynamic of discarding or “use and throw” that frames our relationships now has an undeniable impact on our common home, our sister earth.  It therefore begs the question: what is the future to which we aspire to this serious situation?

The encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care of Our Common Home embraces, welcomes and echoes with the cries of our sister land and our common home, stating in No. 2 that “among the most abandoned and abused poor is our oppressed and devastated earth, “groaning in travail” (Rm. 8, 22). We forget that we ourselves are earth (cf. Gn. 2: 7).

“It also recognizes that those most affected and harmed by the current socio-environmental impacts, and discard the model which we live, are always the poorest for whom your life situation is further aggravated. This system, as it stands, even with the positive aspects of scientific developments and technological developments in various fields of life, is driven by special interests with a predominant purpose and guiding all: to accumulate more wealth over everything and all. This does not go, cannot go on.

This guidance letter from Pope Francisco also recognizes that what is at stake is not competing powers; what is in dispute is humanity itself and its future, and it is the poorest and most vulnerable who are most at risk, though we are all interrelated.  

Now we recognize that future generations are the most vulnerable, because they have no voice in this situation. It is necessary to assume that this encyclical is addressed to all mankind, which has been launched in a situation conducive to rethink every aspect of our lives our priorities, lifestyle, and where we find the energy for a transformation of the unjust and sinful structures from wherever we are. This situation, and the call for change becomes a “universal ethical imperative” that leaves no doubt as to its utmost importance. For all who work in the defense of life, the environment, rights, we try to accompany the poorest, and in many other places of frontier. “Laudato If” offers a paradigm to rethink and support our action and mission in the world.

Inviting Everyone to Read the Encyclical through 3 Lenses, Regardless of Beliefs or Areas of Mission

Reading of the Encyclical from three lenses, regardless of their beliefs or areas of mission, helps us to consider how seriously we take this call:

  1. From the “Metanoia”. Metanoia speaks to a deep and radical transformation of the heart, a serious and decisive change, which moves me to be and do from a different perspective about myself.  It may even change the essence of why I am willing to live and give life.  Metanoia and the conversion to which the Pope invites us embrace change in how we care for our common home and all who live here (especially the most vulnerable or excluded because they are not among us).  This means rethinking and redesigning our whole scheme of life, asking how can we reorient our time, lives, and methods so that we give life.  Am I willing to try to change the system?  And what in particular?
  1. From the ‘otherness’.  “Otherness” means finding the meaning of life, including my own mystery, from the eyes and the other’s existence. My essence is strongly determined by the ability to recognize the mystery of life that gives full sway me to the extent that I recognize beyond myself, and in the eyes of others. And for believers, with absolute clarity that this alteritaria look should be especially sustained and built on the most vulnerable representing and meeting Christ, living and incarnate. Transform the world, because we still have time (although that is passing and there are limits we must face), ask for a leave ourselves to recognize that the only fully recognized is that in the other, even in the sister land. And St. Francis of Assisi has given us this otherness that transcends the human being and allows us to be truly brothers of all creation, because there also the God of life and hope is revealed. I can leave my own site from a profound conversion, and build another way to recognize the other and the other to unite wills and embracse the mystery and beauty of life given by God himself.
  1. From the “parrhesia” – Parrhesia means daring to surrender, to speak, and act with courage. It is about having the courage to make the necessary possible. We need to ask if we have the courage to move from inner change, and the recognition of the other and that, to reach a willingness to spend and deliver life by a desire to own horizon and higher, outperforming the horizon of the reduced the utility model predominant in the world offers us today. It is a delivery that removes everything in us, and given the urgency of caring for our common home, we bring to bear the consequences and risks of going out and doing the part that touches us so that this transformation towards integral ecology and vulnerability is possible. Parrhesia puts us in a different place after the METANOIA and otherness another and the common house, in this boldness is not confirmed or trust in that God who became flesh and who among us walking to call the Delivery radical, with discernment, from community processes, but without delay any longer by our attachments or that society imposes on us.

Pope Francis, following the courageous tradition of Catholic social teaching, particularly twinned with and inspired by so many men and women who give their lives every day with METANOIA, otherness and parrhesia, speaks to the heart, speaks forthrightly and unadorned. Are we going to be called up to the challenge and step up, simply going to talk about it?

The Pope’s calls can stay in beautiful inspiring words and postulates that mean nothing, unless that each and every one of us takes up our share. Everything can be at a historic moment that we miss, unless we recognize that depends on ourselves this transformation at all levels of life. The future of humanity is in the hands of us all and of a profound change that also integrates processes of solidarity with the excluded and among ourselves, and with a fullness that will not break the social fabric necessary to nest another world yet to come . There is a mission involved and real possibility.  Our own mission in this call makes us the Spirit of God.

Oropeza Mauricio Lopez,  Executive Secretary,  Pan-Amazonian Network Ecclesial

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