I have begun to publish sections and segments of the Popes letter on OUR network of blogs as well as on Linkedin & Quora & Newsvine and will add my comments over time. Pappa francescos 180 page letter is much less about religion than it is about nature and the planet earth. He proposes some fairly radical yet simple and understandable solutions for humankind. It is way past time to start paying attention to what we are all doing or allowing others to do.
241. Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now
cares with maternal affection and pain for this
wounded world. Just as her pierced heart mourned
the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings
of the crucified poor and for the creatures
of this world laid waste by human power. Completely
transfigured, she now lives with Jesus, and
all creatures sing of her fairness. She is the Woman,
“clothed in the sun, with the moon under her
feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”
(Rev 12:1). Carried up into heaven, she is the
Mother and Queen of all creation. In her glorified
body, together with the Risen Christ, part of
creation has reached the fullness of its beauty. She
171 Cf. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, I, q. 11, art. 3;
q. 21, art. 1, ad 3; q. 47, art. 3.
treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart (cf.
Lk 2:19,51), and now understands the meaning of
all things. Hence, we can ask her to enable us to
look at this world with eyes of wisdom.
242. At her side in the Holy Family of Nazareth,
stands the figure of Saint Joseph. Through
his work and generous presence, he cared for
and defended Mary and Jesus, delivering them
from the violence of the unjust by bringing
them to Egypt. The Gospel presents Joseph as
a just man, hard-working and strong. But he also
shows great tenderness, which is not a mark of
the weak but of those who are genuinely strong,
fully aware of reality and ready to love and serve
in humility. That is why he was proclaimed custodian
of the universal Church. He too can teach
us how to show care; he can inspire us to work
with generosity and tenderness in protecting this
world which God has entrusted to us.