The closure of public masses and other worship services has been for many of us one of the most painful consequences and deepest sacrifices of the C0ronavirus pandemic. During times of fear, tragedy and hardship our impulse is to turn to each other and the rituals that mark both the basic rhythms and the transitions of our lives.
In May, 2015, Pope Francis issued his long-awaited environmental encyclical, Laudato Si. Titled with the opening line of St. Francis' famous canticle, translated "blessed be," the document is an examination of the social and environmental challenges facing the human family and an invitation to a profound cultural transformation.
Laudato Si can be read online and downloaded here. Physical copies are available through MEEC (email email@example.com) or through your local bookstore. The Vatican's video version of the encyclical can be viewed here.