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Letter: We need to take care of global community

We need to take care of global community

E.J. Dionne, in his June 19 column, quotes Pope Francis who says, “We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others …” The papal encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Praise be to you, my Lord), begins with a reference to the Canticle of Creatures written by St. Francis of Assisi. In it, St. Francis refers to all parts of the natural world as sister and brother.

Francis calls us to be in relationship to the earth and to all our brothers and sisters in the global community. Being in relationship evokes care for the other, breaks the bonds of prejudice and enriches us with the gift that the other has to share. Simply put, we take care of what we care for. So, take some time to step outside and experience the created world with your senses alert to see, feel, hear, touch and maybe taste all that is around you. If you can connect, you will care.

Sister M. Jean Sliwinski