Pope Francis on Thought of the Day
His Holiness Pope Francis delivered the following thought of the day message from BBC Radio Four this morning.
Dear BBC listeners, hello!
Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed our deep vulnerability and raised many doubts and concerns about our economic systems and the way we organize our societies.
We have lost our sense of security and experience a sense of helplessness and loss of control over our lives.
We find ourselves increasingly fragile and even fearful, caught up in a succession of “crises” in the areas of health, the environment, food supply and the economy, not to mention social and humanitarian crises. and ethical. All of these crises are deeply interconnected. They also predict a “perfect storm” that could sever the bonds that unite our society in God’s greatest creation gift.
Every crisis requires a vision, the ability to formulate plans and put them into action quickly, to rethink the future of the world, our common home, and to reassess our common purpose.
These crises present us with the need to make decisions, radical decisions that are not always easy. At the same time, hard times like these also present opportunities, opportunities that we must not waste.
We can deal with these crises by retreating into isolationism, protectionism and exploitation. Or we can see it as a real chance for change, a real moment of conversion, and not just in the spiritual sense.
This last approach alone can guide us towards a brighter horizon. Yet it can only be pursued through a renewed sense of shared responsibility for our world and effective solidarity based on justice, a sense of our common destiny and recognition of the unity of our human family in the plan of God for the world.
All of this represents a huge cultural challenge. It is giving priority to the common good, and this calls for a change of perspective, a new perspective, in which the dignity of every human being, today and tomorrow, will guide our ways of thinking and acting.
The most important lesson we can learn from these crises is our need to build together, so that there are no more borders, barriers or political walls to hide behind.
A few days ago, on October 4, I met with religious leaders and scientists to sign a joint appeal in which we called on ourselves and our political leaders to act more responsibly and consistently. I was impressed with something that was said by one of the scientists present at this meeting. He told us: “If things continue as they are, in fifty years my granddaughter will have to live in an unlivable world”.
We cannot allow this to happen!
It is essential that each of us engage in this urgent change of direction, supported by our own faith and spirituality. In the Joint Appeal, we spoke of the need to work responsibly towards a “culture of concern” for our common home, but also for ourselves, and the need to work tirelessly to eliminate “the seeds of conflict. : greed, indifference, ignorance, fear, injustice, insecurity and violence “.
Never has humanity had so many means at its disposal to achieve this objective. The political decision-makers who will meet at COP26 in Glasgow are urgently called upon to provide effective responses to the current ecological crisis and thus offer concrete hope to future generations. And it bears repeating that each of us – whoever and wherever we are – can play our own role in changing our collective response to the unprecedented threat of climate change and the degradation of our common home.
Producers: Helen Grady and Julian Miglierini
Sound engineer: Philip Bull
Voice over: Joseph Barderrama
(The recording is available on: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0b113ly )
Key words: Pope Francis, BBC, Radio Four, Thought of the day
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