The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet… The impact of present imbalances is also seen in the premature death of many of the poor.” (Laudato Si’, #48)

The death of Cchoti’s parents is a tragedy. In addition to the loss for Cchoti, it is a symptom of how human greed is manifesting itself in nature and the devastating repercussions, especially to those who are economically poor and vulnerable. Across the globe, we are experiencing a decline in populations of all kind of species due to loss of wildlife habitat, from birds and mammals to insects and coral. These are signs of the human environment and the natural environment deteriorating together.

Think for a moment about your relationship with nature. Do you feel dominion over nature, or do you feel equal with the rest of creation? How does our faith call us to approach nature? Reflect on this as you listen to the song “Canticle of the Sun.” Please click on the link below to get to the song, then click on the play button, which looks like a right arrow.

“Canticle of the Sun”: