This weekend I decided to give a sermon on Pope Francis' new encyclical Laudatio Si. It is a very well-written reflection on our relationship with God, creation, and one another. It greatly highlights the tensions and conflicts we are experiencing because of our ever-increasing secularized and relativistic world. As I read through the document I was reminded of a quote from Pope Benedict XVI where he stated, "Mankind wants to control everything except himself." I found a really good introduction to the encyclical by Fr. Robert Barron that will give you some background on the what influenced the Pope to write this document. You can read Fr. Barron's commentary as well as the document itself by clicking here.