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The challenge of reality calls for a change
Pope's message to the participants in the V Festival of Social doctrine of the Church. 28 November 2015

“Respect for creatures and creation


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The challenge of reality calls for a change
 
Pope's message to the participants in the V Festival of Social doctrine of the Church. 28 November 2015 
 
“ Reality simply is, the idea is elaborated. Between the two, a permanent dialogue must be established, preventing the idea from ending up separated from reality. It is dangerous to live in the realm of the word, the image, and the sophism. To avoid the danger of living outside of reality, you must open your eyes and your hart” They are the first words of the video message that Pope Francis sent to the participants of the V Festival of the Social Doctrine of the Church whose motto this year is “ the challenge of reality “. 
 
“ Our life is composed of many things,“ continues-a river of news, many problems: all this pushes us not to see, not to be aware of the problems of the people around us. Indifference seems to be a medicine that protects us from implication, becomes a way to feel calmer. This is the indifference. But this estrangement is a way that defends selfishness and makes us sad. The challenge of reality also requires the ability to dialogue, to build bridges instead of walls. This is the time for dialogue, not defending the rigidity of the opposition. “ Francisco in this way invites to confront "the challenge of discovering and transmitting the mystic, living together, mixing, grabbing the arm, leaning, participate in this somewhat chaotic way that can become a true fraternity experience, in a caravan of solidarity, in a holy pilgrimage”. 
 
“ The challenge of the reality, however, urges a change. Everyone feels the need for change because it shows that something is wrong... The real change begins with ourselves and is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. People who are inwardly changed by the spirit also lead to social change”. 
 
Before concluding, the pope mentions the ”ecological challenge”, hearing the cry of Mother Earth. “Respect for creatures and creation, - he - says, is a great challenge for the future of man. Man and creation are inextricably united”. Francisco emphasizes that although we think that this issue corresponds to politics, economics or strategic decisions about development, “nothing can replace our commitment”. “Sobriety, conscious consumption, a lifestyle that welcomes creation as a gift and excludes predatory and exclusive forms of possession--ends--is the concrete way in which a new sensibility is created. If we are many who live like this, the whole of society will be positively affected and hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”. 






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