“Laudato Si”

The encyclical, “Laudato Si,” speaks of the mystical and sacramental connection of all living things with God. What follows is a photo reflection on some of those phrases.

The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face.  (233)  FocusOn072015_1
 FocusOn072015_2 [T]he mystic experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings, and thus feels that “all things are God”.  (234)
 FocusOn072015_3 Standing awestruck before a mountain, he or she cannot separate this experience from God, and perceives that the interior awe being lived has to be entrusted to the Lord.  (234)
The Lord, in the culmination of the mystery of the Incarnation, chose to reach our intimate depths through a fragment of matter.  (236)  FocusOn072015_4
 FocusOn072015_5 The Eucharist joins heaven and earth; it embraces and penetrates all creation.  (236)
The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things.  (233)  FocusOn072015_6
 FocusOn072015_7 For Christians, all the creatures of the material universe find their true meaning in the incarnate Word, for the Son of God has incorporated in his person part of the material world, planting in it a seed of definitive transformation.  (235)
 FocusOn072015_8 In the Eucharist, fullness is already achieved; it is the living centre of the universe, the overflowing core of love and of inexhaustible life.  (236)
[T]he Eucharist is also a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation. (236)  FocusOn072015_9
[T]he day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.  (237)  FocusOn972015_10