Today we share Pope Francis call for awareness and action from every human being. Pope Francis released his first encyclical and in it the pontiff focuses on climate change and global inequality.
Francis said the poor stand to suffer the most from extreme weather events that are already regularly wreaking havoc across the planet.
The encyclical closes with two prayers. In the first one, “A prayer for our earth,” Francis implores that we “Bring healing to our lives / that we may protect the world and not prey on it / that we may sow beauty / not pollution and destruction.”
Prayer for our Earth
you are present throughout the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures,
You who surround with your tenderness
all that exists,
pour into us the strength of your love
so that we take care
of life and beauty.
Flood us with peace,
so that we live as brothers and sisters
without harming anyone.
Father of the poor,
help us to redeem the abandoned
and forgotten in this land
that are so worthy in your eyes.
Heal our lives,
so that we protect the world
and not plunder it,
so that we sow beauty
and not destruction and pollution.
Touch the hearts
of those who seek only benefits
at the expense of the poor and of the earth.
Teach us to discover the value of everything,
to contemplate with amazement,
to recognize that we are deeply united
with all creatures
on our way to your infinite light.
Thank you because you are with us every day.
Support us, please, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
Lord God, One and Three,
beautiful community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate
the beauty of the universe,
where everything is about you.
Awaken our praise and our gratitude
for all that you have created.
Give us the grace to feel intimately united
with all that exists.
God of love, show us our place
in this world
as instruments of your love
for all beings of this earth,
because not one of them is forgotten by you.
Illumine the masters of power and money
so that they do not fall into sin of indifference,
love the common good, promote the weak,
and take care of the world we inhabit.
The poor and the earth are crying:
Lord, take us with your power and your light,
to protect all life,
for a better future,
so that comes your kingdom
of justice, of peace, of love and beauty.
Full text at: http://www.romereports.com/2015/06/18/read-full-text-of-the-pope-s-encyclical-laudato-si
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