Tuesday, July 14, 2015

excerpt from a papal encyclical

        The heavens revolving under His government, are subject to Him in peace.  Day and night run the course appointed by Him, without hindering each other.  The sun and the moon, with the companies of the stars, roll on in harmony according to His command, within their prescribed limits, and without any deviation.  The fruitful earth, according to His will, brings forth food in abundance, in the proper seasons, for man and beast and all the living beings upon it, never hesitating, nor changing any of the ordinances He has fixed. The unsearchable places of abysses, and the indescribable arrangements of the lower world, are restrained by the same laws.  The vast immeasurable sea, gathered together by His working into various basins, never passes beyond the bounds placed around it, but does as He has commanded.  "Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed." (Job 38:11). The oceans. . .and the worlds beyond it, are regulated by the same enactments of the Lord.  The seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, peacefully give place to one another.  The winds, in their several quarters fulfill, at the proper time, their service without hindrance. . .The very smallest of living beings meet together in peace and concord.  All these the great Creator and Lord of all has appointed to exist in peace and harmony; while He does good to all, but most abundantly to us. . .

from Pope St. Clement I.   "Letter to the Corinthians."

              Pope Francis' "Laudatio Si" is not without precedent!

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