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Protecting Our Common Home

This six part series of conversations about Protecting Our Common Home - the encyclical Laudato Si, written by Pope Francis. The podcasts are moderated by Greg Wathen, a member of St. Stephen Catholic Community in Old Hickory, Tennessee. Participants are members of our community in the greater Nashville area.

These podcasts were recorded at the station's studio located at the Catholic Pastoral Center.


In the picture are: Greg Wathen, Jennifer Crowe, Dr. Elizabet Krogman and Theresa Bottei.


If you like these podcasts invite others to listen to them also.

Laudato Si: Chapter One - What is Happening to our Common Home?

In this chapter the Pope emphasizes that the environment we live in is a gift from God and we are called to take care of it - it is for the common good. Then the Pope reviews some of the damage that the earth suffers today, such as pollution, the issue of water, the loss of biodiversity, the decline in the quality of life and the breakdown in society. Read the chapter and then listen to this conversation. You will find it enlightening!

Laudato Si: Chapter Two - The Gospel of Creation                                      

In this chapter Pope Francis writes: "Nature is nothing other than a certain kind of art, namely God's art, impressed upon things, whereby those things are moved to a determined end."  Also: "The earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone."

Laudato Si: Chapter Three - The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis

In this chapter Pope Francis writes: "Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads. We are beneficiaries of two centuries of enormous waves of change." 


"Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely."

Laudato Si: Chapter Four - Integral Ecology                                                  

Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.


Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others.

Laudato Si: Chapter Five - Lines of Approach and Action                         

What is to be done? Francis calls for dialogue on environmental policy in international, national and local communities.


"Purchasing is always a moral - and not simply economic - act." Today "the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our lifestyle." 

Laudato Si: Chapter Six - Ecological Education and Spirituality            

We need to change and develop new convictions, attitudes and forms of life, including a new lifestyle. This requires not only individual conversion, but also community networks to solve the complex situation facing our world today.


Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.

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