I hope that got your attention. It’s a line from our Holy Father’s new encyclical on the environment. In it he says, “the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth” – and offers a challenge to us all to do something about that. I encourage you to read the whole thing.
Here’s a borrowed ten-point summary of the encyclical that I don’t think I could improve on.
Again, read the whole thing. Attempts to politicize the Holy Father’s concern – to make what he says fit into Republican/Democrat, conservative/liberal mental boxes – are already widespread. We owe it to ourselves and especially to the poor and to young people not to be misled by people trying to use the Holy Father’s words to self-serving ends. Read him for yourself, and take what he has to say to heart. Have a great summer; my next column will be on September 13. Until then, peace.
 I’m summarizing this from Anthony Annett, an advisor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. It appeared in the blog for Commonweal Magazine June 18, 2015. You can read the whole thing at https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/ten-quick-takeaways-laudato-si.