Food for Thought Friday: Catholic Ecology Draws Parallels Between Amoris Laetitia and Laudato Si’

Food for Thought Friday: Pope Francis’s latest apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family, focuses on Church teaching on morality and sexuality; however, as Catholic Ecology writes, Amoris Laetitia and Laudato Si’ are “united by the same truths”, for example, in criticizing the throwaway culture.  For an interesting article on the link between Amoris Laetitia and Laudato Si’, read the Catholic Ecology post here!

Christmas is coming!

For Catholics around the world, Advent begins this Sunday, November 30, and the Christmas season continues from Christmas Day until January 11. Introduce your students to the USCCB’s online interactive and printable Advent calendar – it incorporates resources from the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development with the goal of fostering greater consciousness about Catholic Social Teaching in relation to the Advent and Christmas seasons. Additionally, after Christmas day, the USCCB has a similar Christmas calendar with different reflection and action suggestions.

Are your students concerned about the social meanings of Christmas and its impact on God’s creation? The “commercialization of Christmas” is a conversation Americans seem to have every year, and yet few take action steps to truly transform the way they celebrate. This year, however, the bloggers at Catholic Ecology posit that the “Francis effect” might open our eyes to the excessive consumerism we practice during the Christmas season, and its negative impact on God’s creation.


CST Themes Connect

How does sustainability relate to other aspects of social justice and Catholic Social Teaching?  A recent post on the blog Catholic Ecology emphasizes the connections between caring for God’s creation, promoting the life and dignity of the human person, and honoring the call to family, community and participation while musing over the possible content of Pope Francis’s upcoming “eco-encyclical.” How else are the themes of Catholic Social Teaching interconnected? Encourage your campus to reflect on how everything we do ultimately affects another member of our one human family.

This “culture of waste” tends to become the common mentality that infects everyone. Human life, the person is no longer perceived as a primary value to be respected and protected, especially if poor or disabled, if not yet useful – such as the unborn child – or no longer needed – such as the elderly. This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times, we are no longer able to give a just value, which goes well beyond mere economic parameters. We should all remember, however, that throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.

– Pope Francis